Another holiday, another ‘news hook’ for global warming impacts. ClimateNexus has put together a nice graphic on how global warming impacts some Valentine’s Day favorites [Click for version with active links].
Of course, Climate Progress never needs a news hook to report on global warming impacts. We’ve been reporting on most of these impacts for a while:
- Record Heat Causes Peanut Butter Prices to Skyrocket: “I Don’t Remember A Year” We Had “So Little Moisture”
- Great Video of New Hampshire Farmer Trying to Save Maple Syrup from Climate Change
And the biggest impact of all, “Too Hot for Chocolate? Climate Change Could Decimate the $9 Billion Cocoa Industry, Study Finds,” which had this powerful graphic:
Global warming threatens heat-sensitive cocoa trees, a Gates Foundation study finds
Half of the world’s cocoa supply comes from the West African countries of Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. But in the coming decades, climate change could severely limit production in the region — disrupting local farmers and squeezing global chocolate supply.
A report from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture finds that between 2030 and 2050, land area suitable for cocoa production will fall dramatically. While rising temperatures and changing rainfall pattern may shift cocoa production to land currently not suitable, the net impact to this $9 billion-per-year industry could be severe.
Of course, the main reason those concerned about global warming write about these ‘sexier’ secondary impacts is because the mainstream media continues to underreport the Climate Story of the Year: Warming-Driven Drought and Extreme Weather Emerge as Key Threat to Global Food Security.
The fact is, most things people eat will probably become mucvh more expensive in the coming decades — and global warming is going to play a big role in that: