Rising temperatures and increased drought due to climate change will likely deal a blow to the world’s beer supply, according to a study released on Monday.
The effects of climate change will gravely impact the growth of barley, a crop used predominantly to create beer, and in turn make it harder to produce the beverage and more expensive to buy, the study published in Nature Plants found.
An international team of researchers from China, Britain and the U.S. looked at how climate change would affect the crop over the next 80 years. Measuring the effects of concurrent drought and heat extremes, they estimated that climate change could result in average barley yield losses of 3 to 17 percent, depending on the condition’s severity.
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