Coffee Could Go Extinct In Our Lifetimes, Terrifying New Study Finds
Brace yourselves, my friends. I have terrible news concerning your daily cup 'o joe.
There is a coffee shortage among us, and a strong chance that our beloved source of caffeine bliss will become extinct if global warming continues to worsen.
Are you ready for a world without Starbucks?
NOPE. Me neither.
According to a report by the Climate Institute of Australia, global warming will be responsible for coffee's demise in 2080 if weather conditions continue to worsen.
Because of quickly-warming temperatures, intense droughts and heavy rain, coffee-bearing countries in places like Central America and South America are struggling to grow coffee.
Their plants are becoming infected by fungi and issues like coffee leaf rust and coffee berry borer... and world-wide coffee companies are freaking out.
Mario Cerutti, Green Coffee and Corporate Relations Partner at Lavazza, believes the issue should not be taken lightly. He told Business Insider,
Climate change can have a significant adverse effect in the short term. It's no longer about the future; it's the present.
To help the issue at hand -- or, should I say, in mug -- our coffee-loving country needs to make a collective effort to limit global warming-induced temperature increases by 1.5 degrees, or we're going to lose our favorite morning beverage for good.