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Will Climate Change Imperil Your Cup of Starbucks?

A UN panel to conclude that rising temperatures will pose a risk to future food supplies. I never would have noticed it as I hiked down through a dense Andean cloud forest. The stubby tree with broad, thick leaves stood out no more to me than the endless jungle depths of ferns, schefflera and tree-clinging…

Capacity Building, Coffee, & Conservation Through the Woodland Park Zoo

I thought that Australia’s Cape York Peninsula was a far away place.  It certainly is as remote a place as I have ever been.  However, Conservation International and Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo have found a location not far from the tip of Cape York to the northeast in Oceania that is very rich in biodiversity…

How Coffee Changed America

  (Click to enlarge) I’ve written a lot in the past about the social and environmental impacts of coffee, one of the world’s most popular beverages and most highly traded commodities. I have considered writing a book about it (let me know if you think you’d be interested), but I’ve always been a little hesitant…

Caffeine-Eating Bacteria Revealed

Think you live on caffeine? Four species of bacteria that thrive solely on the substance have you beat.