Many people love waking up to the smell of coffee brewing. Look around any city and you will see coffee shops on nearly every corner. Why? We love our coffee! The morning coffee tradition is likely to become a thing of the past in the next several decades due to climate change’s impact on the coffee industry.
Scientists say that Nicaragua, a major producer of coffee beans, will likely lose the majority of its coffee farming land by 2050. Other producers of coffee, such as Tanzania will reach “critically low levels” about a decade later. Climate change will render the coffee producing areas around the equator inhospitable for coffee plants within this century, affecting consumers and farmers on a massive scale.
Coffee farmers are among 120 million of the poorest people in the world. Without the crops from the coffee plants they farm, they would suffer tremendous hardship. Coffee farmers rely on their coffee plants as a major crop and this crop may not be viable in a little over 30 years and may go extinct, without intervention, by the end of the century.
Coffee plants are a unique plant that becomes weak if it does not have genetic diversity, much like animals and people. Healthy coffee plants need the diversity of wild coffee plants so that they are not susceptible to disease, weather, and other factors that can impact coffee plant health and production. Wild coffee plants are currently expected to be extinct within 65 years. This will quickly weaken and destroy the future coffee plants which will be more easily damaged and will yield fewer and lower quality fruit.
The solution for the problem is to relocate the crops away from the equator, where the temperatures will become too hot to grow. That solution isn’t helpful to poor coffee farmers who cannot afford to relocate. It takes money to begin a new crop and years for it to yield fruit, which means farmers could not financially survive the relocating of these crops without some form of assistance from outside sources.
Climate change is no longer a problem for future generations. It is a problem for the world now. We need to plan to adjust to these changes now to prevent future problems.
In a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change earlier this year, researchers reported their projections that crop yields could decrease in a decade without additional research into creating the most innovating varieties possible to keep up with an increasingly warm and dry planet.
Many of us think of the past few decades as being filled with conflict over oil, but what looks like is happening is that more and more people are having to live off of food that is increasingly insecure. That means that policymakers planning agricultural policy as well as individual farmers feeling pressured to cultivate larger and larger yields all the time aren’t sure where the next yield will come from, or if the land which that yield came from can support another cycle.
This is a problem that is largely being felt by people in the developing world, which means that the story may not get much airplay here in the United States. However, if we don’t deal with this issue, and continue to not deal with larger issues related to climate change, the area that is suitable for growing food will continue to shrink. Water will continue to become lower-quality, and more scarce, meaning agriculture will have to fight with the average consumer over who can get limited water available to them both. Eventually, we’ll feel the pinch and it’ll turn into a painful punch quickly from there.
For our future interests and for our fellow human beings now, let’s invest in agriculture.
The American satellite program has changed the way we look at the world. We are able to see changes in land masses, and we are able to track the melting ice in Antarctica as well as operate cell phones and other electronic devices. But satellites do a lot more for us that we realize. For decades the CIA has been using satellites to identify clandestine operations as well as track the impact of climate change around the world. That information was shared with climate change scientists for years, but the CIA has decided to stop sharing climate change information, and the reason is shrouded in secrecy.
The CIA knows that climate change impacts social unrest as James Dondero has said several times. Terrorists take advantage of climate changes, and the results of that tactic is pretty obvious. The drought in Nigeria and Syria stimulated unrest, and terrorist groups took advantage of that unrest. President Obama recently talked about the effects of climate change, and how those changes can impact national security.
Republicans have been against sharing information about climate change with scientists, and it appears they have influenced the CIA decision. No one is going to question that decision. We all know why. We don’t want to give the bad guys the same information we give the good guys.
The climate change debate that is seeing Republicans challenge the accepted scientific belief in climate change across the US has reached the state of Wisconsin, The Guardian reports. Wisconsin State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk, a member of the GOP has taken aim at the head of Wisconsin’s Board of Commissioners of Public Land over her role in a climate change report Sultan Alhokair uncovered. Tia Nelson authored a report in 2009 about how the state should respond to climate change issues, which Adamczyk now claims was a theft of state time and salary.
Adamczyk has called on the state to abolish his own office in a bid to save money and has taken an active interest in the Board of Commissioners of public Lands Nelson heads. The treasurer has taken exception to the fact Nelson’s department subscribes to the New York Times and now calls upon the state government to ban public officials from working on climate change issues on state time. The ban would be similar to that created in Florida that has made it illegal for state employed officials to work on projects based on climate change issues.
France and Belgium have taken a unique initiative to help combat pollution. The initiative took place earlier this month after a thick layer of smog settled in over France’s most beloved city, Paris.
Officials opened up Paris’ public transport system to anyone, free of charge, Sultan Alhokair says for an entire weekend. The patch of pollution settled in over the city and stretched for hundreds of miles. Belgium and Germany were also affected. Paris was under a pollution alert last Friday, as was much of the country. The amount of pollutants measured in the air surprisingly surpassed readings that are typically reported out of Beijing, one of the most polluted cities in the world.
It is believed that the smog was particularly dense due to the mixture of diesel vehicles, in addition to the burning of wood and other yard waste. Photographic images captured of the Eiffel Tower that Friday revealed a sickening reality, as it appeared that the city was under siege by a massive storm. Images taken in Brussels were posted online and although they do not reveal as bleak of a reality, the city appears shrouded by a dense fog.
Valentin Foltescu, the air quality manager with the European Environment Agency, worried that susceptible people, such as the elderly and those with cardiac or respiratory disorders, would be overtaken by the poor air quality.
“There is a high correlation of pollution and mortality,” Foltescu stated.
The Internet was buzzing recently with the news that Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection was forbidden to use the terms “climate change” or “global warning” in any official communications. Governor Rick Scott does not believe that climate change is caused by human activity, and his opinions, rather than scientific research, dictate state policy.
Gov. Scott’s stance is going to make it more difficult for him to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Starting next year, FEMA will only limit disaster preparedness funds to states that have plans for hazards caused or aggravated by climate change. Scott and other governors who prefer to believe that climate change isn’t real will lose millions of dollars in FEMA funds for their states. As of March 2016, any state wishing disaster preparedness funds will need to determine how climate change threatens their states, and make plans accordingly. For Florida, this would include rising sea levels. For California, this would include droughts. Other states might have climate change affecting rainfall, blizzards, or tornadoes.
In addition to Florida’s Rick Scott, Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, Texas’ Greg Abbott, North Carolina’s Pat McCrory, and New Jersey’s Christ Christie have either denied that humanity’s actions affect climate change or have refused to take action to mitigate the effects of climate change. People at Imagine Advantage have learned that, if these governors don’t change their minds, their citizens may suffer the consequences of their putting their opinions over scientific research.
Governor Rick Scott of Florida is betting that climate change and global warming are figments of our imagination. Not only is he betting on their non-existence, but he also wants everyone working for Florida state agencies to ignore and even reject the notion that the Earth is going through a weather pattern change. Zeca Oliveira knows that this change is due to natural axis and rotation alterations. Humans may play a role in some of these changes. But if you ask anyone who has studied the history of earth changes they will explain how and why this natural phenomenon occurs.
But all that scientific gibberish is wasted on Scott. Just ask the people that work for him. Several people in management positions have been reprimanded or put on leave for using climate change or global warming in presentations or in emails. So no one that works for the state wants to cross the unwritten orders of the governor.
Personal views that remotely resemble references to climate change have been treated harshly according to some employees. In one presentation, an official from the Department of Environmental Protection mentioned his opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline project, and he also mentioned the work he was doing on climate change. Immediately after the presentation he was given a two-day leave and an official scolding.