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Climate, Habitat Threaten Wild Coffee Species 274

An anonymous reader writes "BBC reports that Dr. Aaron Davis of the Royal Botanical Gardens claims 'almost three-quarters of the world's wild coffee species are threatened, as a result of habitat loss and climate change. "Conserving the genetic diversity within this genus has implications for the sustainability of our daily cup, particularly as coffee plantations are highly susceptible to climate change.'"
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Climate, Habitat Threaten Wild Coffee Species

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  • Daily cup? (Score:4, Funny)

    by mrjb ( 547783 ) on Tuesday December 22, 2009 @11:37AM (#30524096)
    Try hourly.
  • by dkleinsc ( 563838 ) on Tuesday December 22, 2009 @11:38AM (#30524106) Homepage

    A risk of Pacific island nations ending up underwater? Not a serious problem. But threaten my coffee supply and I'll take to the streets!

    Something might be a bit off on the priorities there.

  • by NevarMore ( 248971 ) on Tuesday December 22, 2009 @11:40AM (#30524134) Homepage Journal

    Free market saves.

    Specifically harvest and sell these beans with the usual "its green 25-50%" markup plus the 10-15% free trade thing. Becomes desirable to save these species for profitability, the green-tards are separated from their money before they can do something annoying with it, and everyone wins.

  • by rgravina ( 520410 ) on Tuesday December 22, 2009 @11:41AM (#30524150)

    OK Earth, you've threated my coffee supply. Now I'm listening!

  • Finally... (Score:5, Funny)

    by glgraca ( 105308 ) on Tuesday December 22, 2009 @11:43AM (#30524182)

    man will have a true incentive que stop polluting.

    There's a joke in Brazil about a lion that fled the zoo and ended up in a government building. Each day he would eat a civil servant. He was doing very well, until one day he ate the lady in charge of making coffee. Then people finally noticed something bad had happened.

  • by ZeroExistenZ ( 721849 ) on Tuesday December 22, 2009 @11:49AM (#30524290)

    Conserving the genetic diversity within this genus has implications for the sustainability of our daily cup

    ... geeks for the anti-global-warming ring:

    Happy day, geek walking up to coffee machine to read note: "Please be informed, due to potential global warming, there is no more coffee, EVER.".

    Geek falls on his knees to the floor, with his dilbert printed mug explodes in chards upon impact on the same floor, with a sharp sound as the geek releases a load screaming while shaking his fist at the heavens:
    "OMG NOT MY COFFEE! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD! ID ANYTHING FOR COFFEE! IF I ONLY SAW THIS ONE COMING! I was soo proud, thinking I could bend nature, the fool I have been", while he rests his face, sobbing, in his hands in the mids of his fallen empire of productivity, the once caffeinated multitasking geek, he.

    That very deperate moment the globalwarming-genie pops in with a puff of black CO2-rich smoke:
    "There is a way, my good brave intellectual... But it will be a challenging quest...", while the disoriented geek looks up, licking his thinkgeek caffeine soapbar, bubbling a partial disoriented yet interested:

  • Re:So? (Score:3, Funny)

    by sznupi ( 719324 ) on Tuesday December 22, 2009 @12:01PM (#30524426) Homepage

    So that is how we'll get a zombie apocalypse!

    Finally, after all this waiting (yes, also not drinking coffee/tea/etc.)

  • by von_rick ( 944421 ) on Tuesday December 22, 2009 @12:23PM (#30524750) Homepage
    You don't have to compromise on quantity even if you preserve the quality. Heck, I medium roast the raw beans every weekend, and grind it before brewing - but still I drink about 2 pots/day.

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