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Posted Fri Aug 27 2010: from Guardian:
Coffee threatened by beetles in a warming world
A tiny insect that thrives in warmer temperatures -- the coffee berry borer -- has been spreading steadily, devastating coffee plants in Africa, Latin America, and around the world.... The beetle is a relatively recent problem in Ethiopia and Latin America, where most Arabica coffee is grown. A field survey of Ethiopia's coffee-growing regions conducted in the late 1960s found no trace of the beetle, but in 2003 researchers reported that the pest was widespread.... Until recently, the coffee berry borer was confined to just a few regions in Central Africa. But since the 1980s, the beetle has gradually spread to every coffee-growing region except Hawaii, Nepal, and Papua New Guinea. Juliana Jaramillo, a biologist at Kenya's International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology, suspects temperature increases are to blame.
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A collapsing environment and no coffee?
Why that would be hell, nor am I out of it!

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