Rising temperatures are contributing to the Earth’s sixth mass extinction, the spread of diseases, and the displacement of millions of people. The danger of bland coffee, on the other hand, could be the catalyst for serious action.
Every plant has a temperature range in which it thrives. Global warming poses a threat to those who live within this small range. Moving plants to new locations is a viable strategy for short-lived plants, but not so much for those that take years to fruit.
Many who depend on coffee for their livelihoods – or simply to wake up – may be concerned. Two recent studies looked at the potential implications of a warmer environment for major coffee producers Columbia and Ethiopia. While neither predicts the drop in output that caffeine addicts around the world fear, they both have other concerns.