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Grounds for Concern


CoffeeThe Finally Good News blog was established to find a special niche in the transmission of information, namely news items in technology, science or the environment; or unbelievably in the political sphere, that somehow transcend the negative downward spiral of most reportage and some could even argue, our societies. And there is much to cheer about out there.

But, even the optimists in our ranks (of which there are many) must pause for a moment when the idea of irreversible climate change means a reduction in not air, trees or even decent weather… but rather coffee! A recent article on the BBC highlighted the problem and it seems we as a species are due to lose one of the most precious commodities that man has coveted since the Incas. And if you think I’m being hysterical over a ‘luxury item,’ the only thing that supersedes this globally is oil. We need both to run, and both are finite.

A joint UK-Ethiopian team published their findings: “The researchers from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, UK, and the Environment and Coffee Forest Forum (ECFF) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, examined the future distribution of wild Arabica using climate modeling…The worst-case outcome was a 99.7% reduction by 2080. But, before our collective tears start flowing with the thought that our grandchildren might never be able to order an espresso or that half of the world will forever be sleeping through their Monday morning meetings, this is just a model of potential calamity. Like everything climate related, we still have the power collectively to halt, or at least slow down potential disaster. The choice is ours, but the constant mantra of connectivity needs to continue to be drilled into our collective consciousness, otherwise get used to the word – decaffeinated.