We’re Facing a Beer Shortage Because of Global Warming
In case you weren't convinced before, climate change is really going to do us over. A new study tracking beer and extreme weather found that—guess what!—rising temperatures around the globe will hurt barley production (along with the livelihoods of millions). Fewer barley crops means less beer, and less beer means higher beer prices. Cheers 'em while you got 'em.
(Related: Is beer making me fat?)
For their study, published Monday in the journal Nature Plants, researchers compared models forecasting climate change, crop production, and global economic trends and found that the future for beer drinkers looks grim indeed. Because barley is susceptible to drought and heat, global beer consumption could drop by as much as 16 percent in the most severe examples of climate change. That could make beer prices double on average around the globe. In less severe outcomes, beer prices would still rise by 15 percent.
Beer friendly countries like Belgium, Poland, and Canada could see more extreme price hikes; in Ireland, a six-pack of beer could cost £15 more than it does now. Researchers also predicted beer drinkers in poorer countries like China wouldn't be able to afford six packs at all.
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