Thursday, April 12, 2007

Global warming to damage coffee industry

Radio Australia - News

April 12, 2007, 03:05:52

Global warming poses a threat to future world coffee crops with rising temperatures and drought likely to force some producers to seek higher and cooler land.

Licht's International Coffee Report says global warming is going to present the world's coffee growers with a big challenge.

It notes a United Nations Environment Program research project in Uganda which says a rise in temperatures of about two degrees Celsius will mean a dramatic reduction in the coffee growing area .

In India's Coorg coffee region, rising temperatures and reduced rainfall will reduce the number of bees to fertilize the trees and increase the threat from a destructive pests.

[This is was orginally published on April 12, 2007 by Radio Australia]