Climate change effects barley production, global beer supply

Climate change effects barley production, global beer supply

Climate change effects barley production, global beer supply

In the Czech Republic, it could be six or seven times as expensive.CreditCreditChristof Stache/Agence France-Presse - Getty ImagesIf horrific hurricanes and a new, scarier-than-ever United Nations report don't change attitudes on climate change, perhaps a new report on barley will.

Losses of one-twenty-fifth to one-third might not seem that extreme, but warm and dry conditions will disproportionately affect the high-quality barley used for beer.

The research, carried out by Peking University and the University of California, demonstrates that the changing weather conditions will most likely have a drastic impact on future harvests of barley. Instead, he told CNN, we have to work to stop it.

TL;DR - If you want cheap and plentiful beer, quit fucking up the planet.

"However, if adaptation efforts prioritise necessities, climate change may undermine the availability, stability and access to "luxury" goods to a greater extent than staple foods", he added.

Forty-three percent of Americans said beer was their favorite type of alochol in 2016, according to Gallup, with 32 percent saying the same about wine and another 20 percent sticking by hard liquor. Hoping to determine how the grain's outlook might impact beer availability and pricing in the future, an global team of scientists ran a series of computer models in three areas: climate, crops and economics.

Their prediction: During the most severe climate events, global beer consumption would decline on average by 16%, Guan said, while beer prices around the world would, on average, double. In the most severe situation this would mean a reduction of 4.34 billion litres.

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A study has found barley yields could drop by as much as 17 per cent if temperatures continue to rise.

However, the study's authors noted that different regions of the world will experience the change in quantity and price differently.

Many companies realize the risks of climate on barley, 17 percent of which is used to make beer. In countries like Ireland, where cost of a brew is already high, prices could triple.

"For perhaps many millennia, and still at present for many people, beer has been an important component of social gatherings and human celebration", the team said in their report.

"If you want to have the choice for not only beer but chocolate, coffee, tea, cigars - all of those crops are very much vulnerable to climate change". There is, Guan said, "something fundamental in the cross-cultural appreciation of beer".

He said: "While the effects on beer may seem modest in comparison to numerous other - some life-threatening - impacts of climate change, there is nonetheless something fundamental in the cross-cultural appreciation of beer".

The study models extreme climate effects in the present day, and researchers acknowledge that new technology or new barley varieties may seek to mitigate the effect of climate change. It also expects average beer prices to double.

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