Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A thousand cuts

NYT: "Heat Slashes Colombian Crop, and Coffee Drinkers Pay the Price"

Money quote:

But over the last few years, coffee yields have plummeted here and in many of Latin America’s other premier coffee regions as a result of rising temperatures and more intense and unpredictable rains, phenomena that many scientists link partly to global warming.

Want to picture the headlines of the future? For "coffee" substitute wheat. Or rice. Or corn. And for "coffee drinkers" substitute "human civilization."

1 comment:

  1. Interesting, unlike vineyard expansion, I have not heard of coffee plantations being developed in more temperate regions, have you? Many of us without our coffee will in the short run at least be more idiotic.