What does this have to do with chocolate?
Go to the supermarket and look around: you will see dozens of shelves filled with chocolate bars and candies in bright wrappers. Sweets are an affordable and easy way to please children, express gratitude to a colleague or just treat yourself. By the way, for many chocolate is a great (albeit short-term) way to fight stress.
Unfortunately, soon we will have to find a new way to deal with unpleasant information, especially after reading this article, since there will be much less chocolate in the near future, and in the next 40 years, it might completely disappear.
The thing is that chocolate is made from cocoa beans that grow on trees in tropical forests — and only in areas within 20 degrees to the south or to the north of the equator. To survive, they need a constant temperature, the same level of humidity and a certain amount of precipitation. But, unfortunately, the climate is changing.
Experts of the National oceanic and atmospheric administration believe that if the temperature rises by only 2.1 °C within 30 years, the ecosystem will suffer serious losses. The fact is that when the air temperature rises, the soil loses more and more water. At the same time, according to scientists, the amount of precipitation will not be able to increase enough to compensate for the loss of moisture. As a result, plants will die — including cocoa trees, from which our favorite chocolate is obtained.