Coffee growing areas in Latin America — the world’s largest coffee-producing region — could decline by as much as 88 percent by 2050 due to global warming.
That’s the key finding of a UVM study in Nature Communications that explores how climate change will impact coffee and bees.
“Coffee needs a suitable climate and pollinating bees to produce well,” says co-author Taylor Ricketts of UVM’s Gund Institute for Environment. “This is the first study to show that both will likely change under global warming – in ways that will hit coffee producers hard.”
The study was covered NPR (and 100+ member stations), Reuters, CBC, Huffington Post, Popular Science, Daily Mail, Yahoo News, AFP, Business Insider, San Francisco Chronicle, Vice, Seeker and United Press International. The findings were circulated widely on social media, including by Greenpeace to its 1.7 million followers.