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How a beer shortage may unite the world, rich, poor, East & West

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How a beer shortage may unite the world, rich, poor, East & West

A turbulent political/economic scene worldwide may coalesce to battle climate change. Trumpsters may lock arms with Bernie Bros, Asians plot strategies with Central Americans. Beer's the cause that may unite the world.

As reported by the New York Times, a team of scientists published findings of a study in the magazine Nature that may knock the head off your beer.

How a beer shortage may unite the world, rich, poor, East & West
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"Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in the world by volume consumed, and yields of its main ingredient, barley, decline sharply in periods of extreme drought and heat," say the scientists.

"We find that these extreme events may cause substantial decreases in barley yields worldwide."

Barley is the indispensable main ingredient in beer.

With a little embarrassment, they add, "Although not the most concerning impact of future climate change, climate-related weather extremes may threaten the availability and economic accessibility of beer."

That's a scientific point of view, not a consensus from the gang watching football this Sunday at a sports bar in Brooklyn.

Beer brings us together.
Beer brings us together.

Dabo Guan, of Tsinghua University in Beijing and the University of East Anglia, Norwich, one of the study's authors reflected on how the economic impact will hit rich as well as poor nations.

“We will suffer less,” he told the New York Times, but we will still suffer. Climate change “may not affect our bread,” he said, “but it will affect our beer.”

Beer is by far the most popular alcoholic beverage in the world; so, a shortage will be felt by rich and poor, East and West.

Concerning countries that consume the most beer of all, Guan said, “Under the worst scenario, China would lose 10 percent of its beer supply and the United States 15 to 20 percent."

Trump may tweet "Unfair," once again, but that won't stop climate change either.

Only beer lovers uniting as one worldwide has any chance of stopping global warming.

 

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