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Study: Beer Prices Could Double With Climate Change

by Axios | 10.17.18

Beer prices around the world could double as climate change-related droughts and heat waves cut into production of barley, one of the key ingredients in beer and a particularly heat-sensitive crop, according to a new study in Nature Plants.

The big picture: One of the paper's authors, Steve Davis of the University of California, Irvine, told AP that, as a beer drinker, the study was "born of love and fear" and meant to provide a more concrete basis for the warnings of climate change. A UN report last week warned of dire consequences without "unprecedented" global action to slash greenhouse gas emissions.

NASA data released Monday showed that 2018 is likely to become Earth’s fourth-warmest year on record.

-Shannon Vavra

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  • Fg
    10/17/2018
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    Biggest laugh of the day. Hahahahaha

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  • I.Got.an.Idea...
    Voted Angry
    10/17/2018
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    Now Corrupt, Unethical, Immoral Conservatives are making us really angry. The Conservatives willful negligence on environment and humanity is directly impacting innocent societies. A good craft ale is just one of them. Since the cost of living may double for some, looks like the minimum wage will have to go to $30/ hr. Conservatives and Republicans are also responsible for the contamination of our lakes and rivers and oceans. They are responsible for the toxic Lake Okeechobee in FL, The Red Tide in FL , the blue-green algae, and all of the loss of businesses and sickness that many visitors and residences are experiencing. Now they want the Federal taxpayers to pay $100’s of millions to create a new reservoir and maintain its operations without requiring the sugar farmers and other corporate polluters to clean up their own toxic pollution. Republicans motto: Privatize gains and socialize losses to the taxpayers.

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  • David
    Voted Sad
    10/18/2018
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    A very flawed study. Actually, beer prices will double due to inflation. Correlation is not necessarily causality.

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  • Tim
    Voted Apathetic
    10/17/2018
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    I firmly believe that climate change is largely due to natural cycles, consult with any historically knowledgeable scientists and they’ll tell you that the planet (relatively speaking) “just” came out of the last ice age. So it’s still warming up. Now, perhaps human industry has accelerated that process, but even if it has, it stands to reason that halting the process would be nearly impossible for today’s technology. We may be able to lessen our impact on the climate, and I’m all for that, but stopping a process that’s been going on for thousands of years isn’t something humanity is presently capable of.

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  • Roger
    Voted Excited
    10/18/2018
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    That is not a bad thing since it will reduce the amount of alcoholism and alcohol related social ills.

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  • Kodiwodi
    Voted Happy
    10/17/2018
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    Oh what will Kavanaugh do?

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  • Dean
    Voted Angry
    10/17/2018
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    I think I speak for everyone when I say that if beer prices go up, you boys are gonna be in trouble!

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  • Cynthia
    10/18/2018
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    Someone should let Brett Kavanaugh know.

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  • Lisa-anice
    Voted Sad
    10/17/2018
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    You're kidding! This strikes at the heart of all.

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  • Lee
    Voted Apathetic
    10/19/2018
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    Continue to do nothing...less druck driving?

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  • TexasTRex
    Voted Excited
    10/24/2018
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    I got a good laugh out of this. Now people are trying to force alleged manmade climate change in people by threatening their beverage of choice. It is junk...ummm...”science”. Maybe increasing the cost of beer will reduce underage drinking and alcoholism.

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  • Sosnow
    10/17/2018
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    This should scare climate change deniers into action! Thankfully we finally found a way to reach Americans: beer prices!

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  • John
    Voted Angry
    10/17/2018
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    This may be the only thing that gets deniers thinking.

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  • Joseph
    Voted Apathetic
    10/17/2018
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    Climate change, will just shift where the crop is grow. Plot a cant grow it anymore because of weather move more north. And plot b will be able to grow it now. Will just shift where it is grown

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  • Norma
    10/17/2018
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    99% of scientist are saying the environment is changing because of humans. When those of you gain the knowledge and degree credentials to defend your assertion that this climate change is “natural” then you can speak up. Time is running out - jobs can be created to protect the environment don’t be so myopic!!!

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  • James
    10/17/2018
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    Where I live we have four seasons, so we have “climate change” four times per year. If my local brew pub is running low on beer, then the law of supply and demand kicks in, and prices will rise. I see this happening more during the hotter times known as “climate change”, which is also referred to as “global warming.”

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  • SneakyPete
    Voted Angry
    10/17/2018
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    Heck no way a cold day in purgatory .. it’s got to be a Nasty 🤢, Dirty, Old Democratic trick to sway environmentalists to vote. 10*17*18 ..... SneakyPete.....

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  • Azrael
    Voted Angry
    10/17/2018
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    I don’t like beer

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  • Dennis
    10/18/2018
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    retards

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  • Avtechrva
    Voted Angry
    10/17/2018
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    We must combat climate change

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