Eek! Climate Change “…Might Cost Us…Chocolate”

A GlobalPost article by Sara Yasin includes the latest climate change and global warming scare.  The headline:  Our love for things that cause climate change could mean the end of life with chocolate. After a typical climate-change lead-in, the article reads:

But now, it looks like our inability to address climate change adequately might cost us one of the world’s most pure, innocent, and wonderful pleasures: chocolate.

According to Barry Callebaut Group, the world’s largest chocolate manufacturing company, our growing love for chocolate might mean “a potential cocoa shortage by 2020.”

After a discussion of how demand has increased, the article continues:

But the shortage isn’t just about the world going crazy for chocolate — it also has a lot to do with climate change. A decrease in cocoa supplies can be pinned on West Africa’s dry weather, which is only getting worse. In Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire — responsible for more than 70 percent of global cocoa supply — a study released by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture predicts a 2 degree Celsius (3.6 F) increase in temperatures by 2050. Higher temperatures mean that more water evaporates into the air from leaves and earth, leaving less behind for cocoa trees — a process called “evapotranspiration.”

Read the rest here.

Chocolate at risk.  This is sure to impact how some people think of global warming and climate change.

 

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About Bob Tisdale

Research interest: the long-term aftereffects of El Niño and La Nina events on global sea surface temperature and ocean heat content. Author of the ebook Who Turned on the Heat? and regular contributor at WattsUpWithThat.
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3 Responses to Eek! Climate Change “…Might Cost Us…Chocolate”

  1. Pamela Gray says:

    …or we could reduce poverty by increasing access to cheap electricity and thus better irrigation practices, and more wells for clean water. This would increase cocoa production, grow the work force, and keep Africans healthier. But what do I know. I only have three college degrees, two of them at the masters level, and have published research in a major journal. Yup yuck yuck. That’s me. Flat earther. Can’t figure this stuff out for myself and must depend on letting (cough, hack) climate (gag) scientists feed it to me via poor little animal sound bites. Any notion that Africans should be able to gain access to cheap energy is apparently a less desirable goal than keeping them in mud huts with no access to clean water, decent transportation, and modern agriculture? What was I thinking.

    Idiots.

    P.S. Between the world’s catastrophic climate scientists and machete bearing war lords, the common people of Africa are caught in an ever tightening vice and have no chance of a decent life. That our pasty-white-thin-skinned-no-dirt-under-their-fingernails climate scientists don’t see their hand in this is to their everlasting and building shame.

    Idiotic Idiots.

  2. Thanks, Bob.
    Cocoa is a renewable resource affected by local climate but primarily by local landscape changes like deforestation. Cocoa plants only grow well in the shade of trees. It needs a humid forest.
    Forests need CO2 and H2O.

  3. mwhite says:

    Even the BBC aren’t going with that one

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-10684323

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