The world could lose half of its best coffee-growing land under a moderate climate change scenario, according to a new study published in the scientific journal PLOS One. Rising temperatures and changing precipitation rates are forecast to shrink the world’s production of Arabica – the dominant coffee variety – and a finicky crop that grows poorly in high temperatures. Currently, some of the best areas to grow coffee are in Brazil and Columbia, but researchers found climate change could cut the suitable areas for growing coffee in these countries by 76% and 63%, respectively. While the links between climate change and coffee have been previously documented, the research offers more evidence of a decline in coffee production by looking at a wider range of factors like how PH and soil texture can change with more rainfall. Coffee is big business, accounting for $460 billion in revenue in 2022, but could become more of a delicacy instead of a cheap everyday beverage if climate change continues its current course. (National Geographic, BBC, CNN, The Conversation, EcoWatch)