Jan 16, 2019 - Energy & Environment

60% of wild coffee species are in danger of extinction

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60% of wild coffee species worldwide are in danger of extinction due to deforestation, disease and climate change, according to a study published in Science Advances Wednesday.

The big picture: The study is the first time a threat assessment has been carried out for all 124 coffee species. Two species — Arabica and robusta — comprise nearly 100% of global coffee trade and do not tolerate low moisture or drought, according to Mashable. The planet's warming is causing changes to patterns of extreme heat and drought and will force the coffee industry to adapt or face potentially crippling challenges to supply.

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