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Climate Change May Halve Sugar and Coffee Output By 2099

  • Stockholm Environment Institute sees drastic climate impacts
  • Corn production could tumble in U.S., rise in Russia
Farmers check on coffee plants destroyed by frost during extremely low temperatures near Caconde, Sao Paulo state, Brazil, earlier in August.

Farmers check on coffee plants destroyed by frost during extremely low temperatures near Caconde, Sao Paulo state, Brazil, earlier in August.

Photographer: Jonne Roriz/Bloomberg

Production of key crops including sugar and coffee could drop by as much as 59% in the long-term due to climate change, according to a report by the Stockholm Environment Institute, while wheat output may increase.

The U.S., China, and Brazil are “significant sources of climate risk for global commodity markets,” the report says, arguing that changes will disrupt long-established trade flows all over the world and risk social upheaval.