Coffee and the environment

Coffee leaf rust: a disease that may also threaten organic coffee.

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Revised on March 23, 2014

Let’s take a look at what a recent scientific paper ACTUALLY said about the impacts of climate change on coffee, versus what the media had to say.

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Lots of coffee and pollinator resources for Pollinator Week.

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(Updated) Finca Platanillo in San Marcos, western Guatemala is the first coffee farm to be verified by Rainforest Alliance (RA) for compliance with the Climate Module of the Sustainable Agriculture […]

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Revised on December 11, 2011

Some like it hot: The influence and implications of climate change on coffee berry borer (Hypothenemus hampei) and coffee production in east Africa. Jaramillo et al. 2011. PLoS One. An […]

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Revised on February 8, 2013

A closer look at a new program to recover K-Cups.

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Revised on March 23, 2014

Coffee rust (Hemileia vastarix) is fungus that is one of the most devastating coffee diseases in the world. Native to Africa, it is now present in every coffee-growing nation. Infected […]

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Revised on March 23, 2014

Two degrees up

by on July 6, 2011

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) produced a series of short films on what a changing climate could mean for farming communities in East and West Africa, and South […]

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Revised on February 8, 2013

Results from a research project on mitigating climate change in Mesoamerican coffee production.

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Revised on February 8, 2013

The Center for Global Development recently released maps based on new data on the vulnerability of countries around the world to climate change. I’ve taken slices of two maps that […]

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Revised on March 23, 2014

The Colombian bird conservation organization Fundación ProAves is now presenting a short video, “Shade-grown coffee and saving migratory birds of North and Latin America.”  A lot of the tropical footage […]

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While many of us in the U.S. are shivering through one of the coldest and snowiest winters in recent memory, we need to keep in mind that weather is not the same as climate. Climate change and rising temperatures in tropical regions is and will continue to have a profound impact on coffee growing. Here are some recent resources.

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Revised on March 23, 2014

Uganda's wild coffee

by on June 18, 2010

A project to manage sustainable harvesting of coffee and provide income for local communities around a national park in Uganda failed, but the concept shouldn’t be abandoned.

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Revised on March 23, 2014

For Blog Action Day in 2009, summarized all the posts I had done that related to coffee and climate change, including how climate change may impact coffee production, how growing coffee under shade can buffer against climate change, and how…

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Revised on February 8, 2013

Coffee farmers don’t need to rely just on the presence of landscape-level forests to provide pollinator resources. Their own farm management can have strong impacts on local bee abundance and diversity.

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Revised on August 15, 2011