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Unless We Act Now, Scientists Warn, That Coffee So Many Of Us Love Could Become Extinct


CINCINNATI — Here’s something to ponder next time you’re waiting in line for a $5 caramel macchiato: That beverage could become a casualty of climate change.

In January, a study published by Science Advances found that more than half of the world’s wild varieties of coffee are critically endangered. The cause is attributed to rising temperatures, deforestation and disease, which are estimated to push all species of coffee plants to the brink of extinction by the end of the century.

If the trend continues in the short term, coffee quality likely will decrease while prices increase to offset demand.

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