Trouble brewing as price of beer is set to double!
by Martyn Lowder
What's Going On Here?
THIS IS NOT A DRILL! Beer, the most popular alcoholic drink on curious.earth is set for dramatic price spikes as climate change is linked to shortages of the key ingredient - barley.
Really? No Beer?
Trouble is brewing for beer lovers across the world as extreme heat waves and droughts are set to cause shortages of the beverage, making it more expensive.
New research estimates that during the most severe scenarios, global beer consumption would decline by 16%, or 29 billion litres - which is equivalent to over 51 billion pints (or one night out on the town for curious.tim). Not only this but prices are expected to double on average.
Why Should We Care?
Amidst the terrifying impacts from global warming, a beer shortage may seem relatively unimportant. But with the world population set to grow to 9.7 billion people by 2050, food and drink shortages are ‘lager’ than life.
Having missed Mother Nature’s signals of floods, storms and mass extinctions, perhaps a `bud-wiser`approach is called for. Maybe by seeing the literal cost that our fossil fuelled consumer choices has on our after work pint, it might just resonate with enough of us to raise the bar.
Here at Curious Earth HQ, we love a pint, just like our pal Prof Dabo. So much so, that we will leave you with his thoughts:
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