The days of enjoying your morning cup of coffee may be numbered, according to a new report from UK researchers.In it, the data shows by the year 2080, climate change could very well wipe out the beans needed to produce one of the world's largest exports.
Experts from the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew used computer modeling to predict when climate change may cause Arabica beans (accounting for 70 per cent of the world's distribution) to become extinct.
Results showed this process could only be a few decades away. The report's key findings stated:
“The modelling predicted that Arabica could be extinct by the year 2020 due to climate change, and this appears to be realistic given the poor health (lack of seedlings, loss of mature Arabica specimens, low frequency of flowering and fruiting) of the remaining populations observed in 2012.”
A full copy of the study can be found in the online journal PLOS ONE.