Friday, February 26, 2010

Coffee hit by global warming say growers
GUATEMALA CITY - Coffee producers say they are getting hammered by global warming, with higher temperatures forcing growers to move to prized higher ground, putting the cash crop at risk.
"In the last 25 years the temperature has risen half a degree in coffee producing countries, five times more than in the 25 years before," he said.
But producers meeting in Guatemala this week are in a state of panic over the impact of warming on their livelihoods.
Coffee Frost and Drought History
[Check this data out carefully--note zero frosts between 1918 and 1942, then frosts in eight different years in the 1967-1984 span, then frost again in 1994 and 2000.  If carbon dioxide drives world temperature, how can this be explained?]
Brazil is subject to frosts and freezes and a major freeze occurs about every five years.

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