Saturday, March 14, 2015
EPA Administrator: Coffee at Risk Due to Climate Change
Climate change is bad for EVERYTHING. Good that we don't seem to be having any. We could always drink dandelion coffee, though. It's not too bad if you grow your own dandelions and have it fresh. And dandelions are worldwide!
In a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy said that “climate change puts the world’s coffee-growing regions at risk.”
“Climate change injects volatility into the global marketplace. Volatility leads to instability,” McCarthy said. “Take coffee. Now coffee is a temperature sensitive crop. Climate change puts the world’s coffee-growing regions at risk.
“Growth depends on a safe environment and a stable climate,” she said. “We can no longer accept the false premise that pollution is somehow part of the growing pains of growth. If that’s your premise, then the foundation of that growth was not built to last. It was wrongly designed.
“Climate change isn’t just a moral responsibility we must accept. It’s an economic opportunity we can seize.”
McCarthy not only emphasized the economic effects of climate change, but said that it posed a “national security concern.”
“Once you open your eyes, you’ll realize that climate is not just an environmental issue. It is a fundamental economic issue and national security challenge,” McCarthy said.
“It’s no surprise that according to the American Security Project, 70 percent of the world’s countries explicitly call climate change a national security concern.”
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).