Global warming to leave us crying in our costlier beer

Global warming to leave us crying in our costlier beer

Global warming to leave us crying in our costlier beer

This is not a drill: As climate change worsens, there could be a beer shortage. "This is the key message", said professor Dabo Guan of the University of East Anglia, another researcher on the team.

Beer is the prom king of alcoholic beverages, winning the popularity contest in terms of total volumes drunk. Jess Newman, the company's director of agronomy in the United States, said, "We take climate uncertainty very seriously".

Again, price and consumption changes would vary widely from country to country, with the greatest price increases being concentrated in relatively affluent and historically beer-loving countries. Even in the best case scenario, the study predicts that beer prices will rise by about 15 percent. While Irish imbibers might be willing to make the finanicial sacrifice, but in poorer countries, like China, the decrease in beer consumption will be more marked, according to the researchers' predictions.

People's diet security is equally important to food security in many aspects of society. The king of US beer production remains Budweiser, which produces the No. 1 (Bud Light) and No. 3 (Budweiser) top-selling brands.

Xie told Xinhua that the research tried to fill in the blank of climate change studies on "high value-added agricultural products", as previous research mostly focused on the impact on food crops.

The research found that the world could end up losing upwards of 17 percent of barley crops over the next 80 years - leading to a significant spike in beer prices.

Per capita, most of the top-20 beer-drinking nations are in Europe, along with the United States, New Zealand and Australia.

The craft beer industry is already planning for the future, says Chris Swersey, a supply chain specialist at the Brewer's Association, a trade group that represents 4,500 small breweries across the country.

During the most severe climate events, global beer consumption would decline on average by 16%, Guan said, while beer prices around the world would, on average, double. A sharp decrease in the global supply of barley has resulted in a correspondingly larger decline in barley that is utilized to produce beer.

This could lead to beer shortages, driving the prices up in countries including China, the US, Germany and Russian Federation. "This is a paper born of love and fear", he said. "That's comparable to all beer consumption in the U.S. Future climate and pricing conditions could put beer out of reach for hundreds of millions of people around the world".

While previous research has looked in detail at what climate change means for essentials like wheat or rice, less attention has been paid to so-called "luxury goods".

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