Climate Change Threatening World’s Beer Supply, Consumption Level

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A new study says global warming may leave people crying in their costlier beer.

In a study published today in Nature Plants, researchers from the University of California, Irvine and other institutions report that concurrent droughts and heat waves, exacerbated by anthropogenic global warming, will lead to sharp declines in crop yields of barley, beer's main ingredient. Instances of severe climate change could reduce the global beer consumption by 29 billion liters.

That's because the largest price increases will be found in affluent areas as well as beer-loving ones, while countries where beer now costs the most (like Australia and Japan) are not necessarily where future price hikes will be the highest.

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The focus of the study was to examine how climate change would impact your quality of life. After all, a recent study in The Lancet medical journal stated, "Our results show that the safest level of drinking is none".

During the most severe climate events, the study predicts that global beer consumption would decline by 16 percent, an amount about equal to the total annual beer consumption of the United States in 2011.

The report's authors stress that the effect of climate change on alcohol pales in comparison to the life-threatening impact in parts of the world more concerned with storms, drought, and food and water supplies. If this perspective is still struggling to convince some of the most important decision-makers when it comes to fighting climate change, a more unexpected outcome could make them think twice. Extreme weather conditions will affect the supply of major crops resulting in difficulty to meet the increasing demand of the popular alcoholic beverage across the world. Overall, consumption is expected to fall by 16%; equal to roughly how much beer was imbibed in the U.S. in 2011. To add insult to injury, prices for beer could increase anywhere from 15% to 50%. They found that the yield would fall by between 3 and 17 per cent, depending on the severity of the conditions. "People's diet security is equally important to food security in many aspects of society", Guan said.

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So cycle to work, wash out your jars and help to save the world (beer).

In 2018, it appears science is proposing a new way the world ends - not just with climate change, but also with a lack of beer. If that wasn't enough to get you anxious, consider this: a new study has found that climate change is also likely to lead to shortages in beer.

The worldwide study involved researchers from the UK, China, Mexico, and the USA, who identified extreme climate events and modelled the impacts of these on barley yields in 34 world regions.

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