Caffeinated. It's how a lot of us start our day. And in a world that moves a mile a minute, sipping the heavenly delight we call "coffee" and inhaling its comforting aroma and is what gives a jumpstart to otherwise mundane weekdays. Things just go smoother. Traffic's not quite as annoying.
So to imagine a world without coffee is about as alien as casually wearing two left shoes to the office every day.
But that's exactly what some scientists were claiming might happen, if the changing climate negatively impacts areas where coffee beans are grown. For java lovers, this is a terrifying thought, but it's worth a closer look.
It's OK to admit the coffee bean may just be our best friend.
Coffee and various other commodities were thought to be in peril recently.
Changes in temperature were feared to be delivering a fatal blow to coffee bean crops.
The dynamic duo (honey bees and coffee crops) works together to give us what we crave.
The tropics are an area of high concern and a hot spot for research.
Yet new research brings new hope for crop owners.a new paper published in September in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) sheds groundbreaking light on what was thought to be a hopeless situation. A Smithsonian scientist now says that there is, in fact, a way we can save the bees and the coffee along with them. Yes, it will take some forethought and preparation, but the future might not be as bleak as was once predicted.
via: TwitterDavid Roubik is an entomologist and senior staff scientist for ecology, behavior, and evolution at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. He has an intense interest in the plight of both bees and coffee beans. Initial fears about coffee extinction were, Roubik believes, premature, due to new information that's been gathered about different growing regions. He writes: