#flirtingwithdisaster on Valentine’s Day
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The onset of climate chaos and the extreme weather patterns it brings, is rapidly shaping the planet. In a globalized world, no sector is left unaffected by new weather patterns and extreme weather. Even the everyday pleasures we enjoy each Valentine’s Day, from chocolate to flowers, are threatened.
- A two degree Celsius rise could result in a 40-70 percent loss in cocoa production in many regions.
- Cocoa prices have increased 60 percent since 2012 due to major climate changes in West Africa.
- By 2020, a potential global cocoa shortage is likely due to the deterioration of arable land.
- Global warming and droughts threaten to eliminate 65-100 percent of land suitable for growing coffee in Africa.
- Increasing temperatures have exposed coffee plants to devastating fungi that threaten production.
- In February 2014, Brazilian coffee prices rose 70 percent, driven by droughts.
Cotton + Teddy Bears
- Predicted temperature increases could reduce cotton production by as much as 80 percent.
- 90 percent of cotton farmers live in countries that lack the infrastructure and preparedness to respond to the threat of climate change.
- California is expected to lose nearly 70 percent of its arable land suited for wine grapes.
- By 2050, many of the world’s most prominent wine regions (including Bordeaux, France) may be unsuitable for wine production.
- Kenya’s prominent rose production threatened by droughts, floods and an expected temperature increase of 2-5° C.
- Forest cover has dropped from 10 percent to 1.2 percent since 1960 in the Lake Naivasha region in Kenya, endangering the continent’s largest flower exporter.
- A single rose has an estimated water footprint of 7-13 liters.
- Production of 12,000 Kenyan roses create 13,200 pounds of CO2.
- The use of insecticides and pesticides can increase soil acidity to as low as 4.1, preventing strawberry plants from producing fruit.
- Logging, pesticides & climate change threaten larvae silk production in India
- Hot temperatures and dry soil reduced Indonesian sugar cane by 30 percent in 2011
- Over 40 percent of global wood harvest is for paper production, such as your Valentine’s Day card
- 80 percent of the forests, used to make your valentines, have been destroyed worldwide
- Farmers from Vermont to France fear that weather changes are affecting the taste of their cheese