Climate change to hit coffee lovers hard

New York, September 12

Thanks to global warming, your morning cup of coffee could be a lot more expensive in the years to come. Researchers have estimated that climate change could reduce coffee growing areas in Latin America — the world's largest coffee-producing region — by as much as 88 per cent by 2050.

The study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) offers climate change's projected impacts on coffee, and the bees that help coffee to grow.

"Coffee is one of the most valuable commodities on earth, and needs a suitable climate and pollinating bees to produce well," said study co-author Taylor Ricketts, Professor at University of Vermont in the US.

"This is the first study to show how both will likely change under global warming — in ways that will hit coffee producers hard," Ricketts said.

While other research has explored climate-coffee scenarios, no other study has explored the coupled effects of climate change on coffee and bees at the national or continental scale.

The study was conducted with advanced modelling, spatial analysis and field data.

It forecasts much greater losses of coffee regions than previous global assessments, with the largest declines projected in Nicaragua, Honduras and Venezuela.

"Coffee provides the main income for millions of the rural poor, so yield declines would affect the livelihoods of those already vulnerable people," Ricketts said.

The scientists projected a slight increase in coffee suitability in Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia and Costa Rica, mainly in mountainous areas where temperatures are expected to support coffee growing and more robust bee populations.—IANS

India News - Tech & Science

This is how Google`s digital payment app `Tez` works

This is how Google`s digital payment app `Tez` works
(Mid-Day) 1 day 13 hours ago
Vice President of Google for South East Asia and India, Rajan Anandan, speaks during the launch of the Google 'Tez' mobile app for digital payments in New Delh Tech giant Google on Monday joined the...

Video Game Review: PES 2018 - As real as the sport

Video Game Review: PES 2018 - As real as the sport
(Mid-Day) 2 days 19 hours ago
PES 2018Rating: 4/5Developer: KonamiPlatform: PC, PS3, X360, PS4, XBOPrice: PC: Rs 1,999; PS4/XBO: Rs 3,499; PS3/X360: Rs 2,499 It's that time of the year where all the sports videogames get their...

Facebook `snooze` button to temporarily `mute` your friends

Facebook `snooze` button to temporarily `mute` your friends
(Mid-Day) 4 days 14 hours ago
Facebook is working on letting users hit the "snooze" button when they need to take a temporary break from posts by friends, pages or groups without unfriending, unfollowing or leaving them. "We are...

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton leaves

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton leaves
(Mid-Day) 6 days 13 hours ago
Brian Acton. Pic courtesy/YouTube Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp which was later acquired by Facebook, on Wednesday announced that he was leaving the company to start a non-profit venture of...

WhatsApp soon to roll out its much awaited `unsend` feature

WhatsApp soon to roll out its much awaited `unsend` feature
(Mid-Day) 6 days 13 hours ago
If you mistakenly send a message to someone on WhatsApp next time, just chill because the popular messaging app's much anticipated "unsend" feature is rolling out soon to all users. According to...

iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Which smartphone will conquer the Indian market?

iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Which smartphone will conquer the Indian market?
(Mid-Day) 6 days 15 hours ago
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about the new iPhone X during a media event at Apple's new headquarters in Cupertino, California on Tuesday.  AFP PHOTO Even though premium segment player Apple has moved a...

Apple event: Here`s all you need to know about the three new iPhones

Apple event: Here`s all you need to know about the three new iPhones
(Mid-Day) 6 days 21 hours ago
The new iPhone 8, iPhone X and iPhone 8S are displayed during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theatre on the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California. Pic/AFP Apple has finally unveiled...

Tech Rewind: When Apple unveiled the first iPhone

Tech Rewind: When Apple unveiled the first iPhone
(Mid-Day) 1 week 17 hours ago
The Apple iPhone displayed behind a glass enclosure at the Macworld Conference 09 January 2007 in San Francisco, California. Pic/AFP Apple CEO Steve Jobs initially wanted to utilise a multi-touch...

Tech: Apple`s new flagship device may be USD 1000 `iPhone X`

Tech: Apple`s new flagship device may be USD 1000 `iPhone X`
(Mid-Day) 1 week 20 hours ago
Representational picture Apple's upcoming iPhone will be called the "iPhone X" and is expected to be priced at nearly $1,000, media reports said, adding that two other new smartphones may be called "...