So we know that global warming has many impacts. But did you know it affects us in the simplest way we can imagine? It’s not just about extreme blizzards or typhoons or heat waves. Climate change will also affect your health and *gasp* your coffee. Here’s a list we compiled about how the warming of the Earth is changing the planet and affecting you.
1. Your beer supply is in danger. Yes, you heard us right. Hops, a key ingredient of beer, is threatened because of climate change. According to Ann George of the Washington Hop Commission, hop production became increasingly difficult because of extreme heat. Well, better enjoy your beer while it lasts. Read more about the news here.
2. Ocean life will re-arrange. According to the Nature Climate Change journal, “by the end of the century, the polar regions may be have some of the most abundant and diverse sea life of anywhere on the planet, while the tropics, which are currently the crown jewel of marine species richness, may be drained of much of its iconic marine life.” Read about it here.
We knew that fish and marine life were swimming deeper into the ocean and into cooler waters but we didn’t know the tropics will soon be drained out of marine life. That means there are less things to see (or maybe nothing to see) while snorkeling and diving in the tropics. But we guess we cannot blame marine life if they wanted to just keep swimming, just keep swimming away.
3. It helps in spreading diseases like the Zika virus. According to the Washington Post, there have been many researches concluding that warmer world “is likely to be a boon to the bugs, allowing them reproduce faster, emerge earlier in the season, survive longer and even spread northward.”
But it doesn’t stop there. A warming world also affects the way we, humans, move and interact with one another, helping diseases spread faster. According to Heidi Brown of the University of Arizona, “With warming, we change our behavior. We might go out earlier, we might go out at different times of the day. People working outdoors, people not working outdoors, whether we’re running air conditioning and staying indoors — it’s a combination of these things.” Read more here.
4. Food will become a problem. Droughts and El Nino will cause more lands to dry and consequently, a problem for food production in agriculture. Floods and extreme weather also damage crops. Can you imagine not knowing if you have enough food for the week? Maybe then we can appreciate food, and how difficult it is to produce, much better. Read more here.
5. First beer, then food problems, now chocolates and coffee?! We know how you feel. According to The Guardian article, “In four decades, the amount of land available for growing cocoa has dropped 40%. In the next 40 years, the temperature in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, where 70% of cocoa is grown, is set to rise by 2C. That’s going to make it too hot and dry for cocoa trees.”
And as for coffee? Well, countries where coffee beans grow are finding it difficult to grow coffee in a warmer climate.