Coffee lovers, this is the worst news you will hear today.
According to Climate Institute of Australia, by 2050, half of the world’s area deemed suitable for growing coffee will be lost. The same report claims that by 2080, wild coffee could go extinct. A cup of Coffee may become a thing of past.
Apparently this is happening because the quickly warming world (attributed to Global Warming) is causing extreme weather, such as heavy rain and intense drought, and therefore making it much harder to grow coffee in coffee-growing hubs such as Central America and South America. If these weren’t enough, coffee beans are also victim to coffee leaf rust and fungus. No doubt coffee chains like Starbucks and McCafe are freaking out.
In an interview with Business Insider, Green Coffee and Corporate Relations Partner at Lavazza, Mario Cerutti, said –
We have a cloud hovering over our head. It’s dramatically serious. Climate change can have a significant adverse effect in the short term. It’s no longer about the future; it’s the present.
This indeed is a serious situation. Coffee is an indispensable part of a big proportion of human population. Imagine waking up to a day with no coffee to mend your morning blues. Terrifying, isn’t i! Unless the world can limit warming to the 1.5-2 degree Celsius rise, this prediction could become a reality. Strangely, this was set as a goal at the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement.