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Is Our Morning Java at Risk of Extinction?

The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that coffee crops may be severely affected by climate change in the not so distant future.

Researchers have found that suitable locations for growing Coffea Arabica could be disappearing, subsequently having a negative impact on the plant that brings so much to so many every morning, it was reported Saturday.

According to an article cited in the Los Angeles Times, coffee crops may be severely affected by climate change in the not so distant future.

The newspaper reported in its online edition that researchers have found that suitable locations for growing the coffee plant could be disappearing, subsequently having a negative impact on the crops.

The news outlet cited Aaron Davis, botanist with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in London, who stated in a report written for PLosOne -- an open access journal -- that climate warming could make wild varieties of the coffee plant extinct by 2080.

He and his colleagues stated that models based on current conditions and used for an analysis of predicted climate changes in 2020, 2050 and 2080 “show a profoundly negative influence on indigenous Arabica.

“In a locality analysis the most favourable outcome is a ... 65 (percent) reduction in the number of pre-existing bioclimatically suitable localities, and at worst an almost 100 (percent) reduction, by 2080.”

The article – co-authored by Tadesse Woldemariam Gole, Susana Baena and Justin Moat, went on to say that the study also identified areas that could withstand negative impacts to arabica plants from climate change at least until 2080.

It also discusses the possibility of using those same, less affected, areas to store genetic samples of coffee for future production.

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