Climate change is about to make your beer more expensive

16 Octubre, 2018, 12:51 | Author: Enrique Watson
  • Climate change could cause beer prices to soar - study

The researchers said that compared with life-threatening affects of global warming such as the floods and storms faced by millions, a beer shortage may seem relatively unimportant.

The apocalyptic impact of climate change has finally been revealed - the price of beer could soar to a tenner a pint (on top of all the global drought, starvation, rising seas and so on).

The research anticipates the price of beer will nearly double here, rising by 93pc as a result.

The researchers found that beer consumption could fall by about a third in Ireland, Belgium, and the Czech Republic and by a quarter in the United Kingdom, while in China, the world's leading consumer of the beverage, it could fall by 9 percent.

A new study published on Monday in the journal Nature Plants says that global warming will cause a decrease in barley crops, leading to a shortage of beer and causing a price hike.

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Only the highest quality grain - less than 20 percent - is used to make beer, with most of the rest used as feedstock.

Guan and colleagues calculated the impact of severe weather events under different future climate scenarios - ranging from a sharp reduction in greenhouse gas emissions to our current "business as usual" trajectory - on yields in the world's 34 most important barley-growing regions.

"If you still want to still have a couple of pints of beer while you watch the football, then climate change [action] is the only way out". He also suggested that beer price hikes and shortages could affect social stability, comparing the situation to the Prohibition era in the U.S., which saw the rise of organized crime based on the supply of illicit liquor. He added that "there is something fundamental in the cross-cultural appreciation of beer".

Guan also noted that beer crops aren't the only ones likely to be affected by climate change. Farmers will face a hard choice: to grow crops for luxurious products or for feeding their cattle.

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