Bad news for literally everyone!

With the fight against climate change ramping up in the last few months, we’ve heard a lot about what we could expect from the world if things continue to go pear-shaped.

For some reason though, a lot of people seem to think that climate change is a work of fiction and nothing bad could happen. I generally can’t work out what anyone would gain from lying about climate change, unless it’s the winter clothes industry trying to stay in the market? No clue.

Anyway, as I said, bad news.

The price of beer is expected to go up significantly whilst the availability is forecast to go down.

This is down to extreme heatwaves and droughts, which are a side-effect of climate change, which are said to hugely damage the production of global barley crop – one of the key ingredients in the amber goodness.

The worst hit by the oncoming beer drought are expected to be the countries who rely on their beer exports greatly, such as Belgium, the Czech Republic and Ireland.

Obviously this isn’t as bad as the other effects of climate change, but it’s still objectively sh*t news, and especially annoying since it’s almost 100% avoidable.

Prof Dabo Guan at the University of East Anglia, one of the research team, said on the results of the study:

There is little doubt that for millions of people around the world, the climate impacts on beer availability and price will add insult to injury. There is something fundamental in the cross-cultural appreciation of beer.

If you still want to still have a couple of pints of beer while you watch the football, then climate change [action] is the only way out. This is the key message.

The results showed that with climate change, beer-consumption would fall by a third in Ireland, Belgium and the Czech Republic, whereas in the UK, a quarter less beer would by drunk.

As said earlier, the cost of beer would also increase dramatically, and nowhere more than in Poland, where it would be five-times more expensive as it is now. It would then double in price in Ireland, Belgium and the Czech Republic.

Sadly, the issue isn’t exclusive to beer, and coffee, tea and chocolate are expected to be hit by climate change too. It’s a shame that Donald Trump doesn’t drink, really, since he seems to only look out for himself.

It’s all well and good everyday people making changes in their life to fight climate change, but the real responsibility lies with the big corporations and governments since it’s their fault we’re in this position in the first place.

Maybe in the meantime the government can lower the duty and tax on alcohol since they don’t at all seem interested in stopping global warming. They’re clearly not using the money they make on booze for anything good.

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