New research suggests global warming could cause beer shortage

New research suggests global warming could cause beer shortage

HOLD on to your pint because we've got some bad news for beer drinkers.

Losses of one-twenty-fifth to one-third might not seem that extreme, but warm and dry conditions will disproportionately affect the high-quality barley used for beer. Malted barley gives beer much of its flavour, yet if it is too hot or there isn't enough water during critical growing stages, the malt can not be extracted.

They then looked at the effects of the resulting barley supply shock on the supply and price of beer in each region, remodelling for a range of future climate scenarios.

As the conditions for global warming worsen, their effects have increased the frequency of extreme heat waves and droughts. But perhaps understanding the threats to the beloved beverage will make some people more inclined to care about the impact of climate change on the world's crops.

South America would fare poorly, as would many tropical areas.

The "worst case" scenario would be devastating for barley.

In fact, if you are a lover of blondes, brunettes, brown or amber, enjoy drinking beer at a reasonable price, because it is not likely to last.

Reuters reported that many companies realise the risks of climate change on barley, 17 percent of which is used to make beer.

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Saying that the beer industry "certainly understands and is already preparing for shifts in climate", BA economist Bart Watson and supply chain expert Chris Swersey write that barley production has always shifted geographically, while production efficiency "continues to grow over time". "But some of us have a personal love of beer and thought this might be interesting".

It also found that even in less severe extreme events, beer consumption drops by 4% and prices rise by 15%.

A pint could double in price in the United Kingdom as a result of "severe weather events" that could result in a shortage of barley used to brew beer.

China, the largest consumer of beer worldwide, may also see a fall of around 10%, which accounts for around 12 billion beer cans.

The impact of climate change on barley supplies will, however, vary from country to country. But these and other technological developments, or increases in stockpiling (or even prioritising beer over livestock), were beyond the scope of our study.

"Although some attention has been paid to the potential impact of climate change on luxury crops such as wine and coffee, the impact on beer has not been carefully evaluated". Jess Newman, the company's director of agronomy in the United States, said, "We take climate uncertainty very seriously".

Global warming is likely to cause a major drop in global yields of barley - a vital ingredient for brewers.

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