Love Coffee?  Here’s Another Reason to Care About Climate Change

At least 60 percent of wild coffee species are at risk of extinction, and climate change will make wild Arabica endangered, new research shows.

Climate change is threatening cultivated coffee crops with more severe outbreaks of disease and pests and with more frequent and lasting droughts. Any hope of developing more resistant varieties is likely to come from the wild. (Credit: Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP/Getty Images) Click to Enlarge.

Climate Change and deforestation are threatening most of the world’s wild coffee species, including Arabica, whose domesticated cousin drips into most morning brews.

With rising global temperatures already presenting risks to coffee farmers across the tropics, the findings of two studies published this week should serve as a warning to growers and drinkers everywhere, said Aaron P. Davis, a senior research leader at England’s Royal Botanic Gardens and an author of the studies.

“We should be concerned about the loss of any species for lots of reasons,” Davis said, “but for coffee specifically, I think we should remember that the cup in front of us originally came from a wild source.”

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