1. Warming Joe

    Starbucks: Climate Change Threatens Coffee

    PUPUAN, BALI, INDONESIA -JANUARY 20:  Wayan Dira picks red coffee berries to feed his Luwaks January 20, 2011 in Pupuan village, Bali, Indonesia. Sari and her husband Wayan Dira have had a small coffee business for the last two years in the coffee region of western Bali. They own nine Luwaks and are now producing the expensive coffee hoping to cash in on the desire for the rare beans. The Luwak coffee is known as the most expensive coffee in the world because of the way the beans are processed and the limited supply.  The Luwak is an Asian palm civet, which looks like a cross between a cat and a ferret.  The civet climbs the coffee trees to find the best berries, eats them, and eventually the coffee beans come out in its stools as a complete bean. Coffee farmers then harvest the civet droppings and take the beans to a processing plant. Luwak coffee is produced mainly on the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago, and also in the Philippines. (Photo by Paula Bronstein /Getty Images)

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    Climate change may be especially unpleasant for coffee addicts, according to Starbucks. Jim Hanna, the company's sustainability director, says bean farmers are already seeing the effects of climate change in the form of changing rainfall patterns, new pests, and severe weather. “What we are really seeing as a company as we look 10, 20, 30 years down the road—if conditions continue as they are—is a potentially significant risk to our supply chain," says Hanna. Starbucks, according to Hanna, has been pushing Congress and the Obama administration to act on climate change, but without success. Recently the International Center for Tropical Agriculture warned it would be too hot to grow chocolate in the Ivory Coast and Ghana—the world's largest producers—by 2050.

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