You might want to sit down for this one.
If a new report from The Climate Institute is to be believed, there is an actual, real-life possibility that coffee could be going extinct, folks.
Cue panic mode.
The Climate Institute has issued a dire prediction that rising temperatures are set to wreck the farmland that is used to produce coffee, rendering it incapable of growing coffee beans.
This isn’t slow-going, either -- per Metro, the report suggests that half of the world’s coffee farming land will be unsuitable for producing coffee by 2050, and growing levels of fungi and pests are only contributing factors to this inevitable fate.
By 2080, many coffee varieties -- Arabica, anyone? -- could be entirely extinct.
Think of your children. Think of your children’s children!
"Over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed around the world every day, with nearly half of Australians drinking coffee regularly," said Climate Institute CEO John Connor in a press release. "Yet coffee is just one of a multitude of things increasingly subject to negative climate impacts, and its negative flow-on effects."
"Without strong climate action, the areas suitable for growing coffee could halve in a few decades," Connor added, "pushing production upslope, away from the equator and into conflict with other land uses, such as nature conservation and forestry. By 2080 wild coffee, an important genetic resource for farmers, could be extinct."
Luckily, not all hope is lost -- or, at the very least, Connor suggests that anybody who values coffee (and dreads that caffeine-headache) ought to do their part to get to carbon neutral.
“There are things we coffee drinkers can do to assist,” said Connor. “The first step is to learn about these issues and the steps being taken by Fairtrade and others; the second is to take real action by choosing to buy only the brands that are carbon or climate neutral, provide a fair return to farmers and their communities while helping to build their capacity to adapt to climate change; third is to demand climate action from the coffee companies and our governments to ensure all products, business models and economies are carbon or climate neutral.”