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jazzy-mcdurf  asked:

Dude, you are the most interesting person I've ever seen

I swear that I’m the least interesting person in my immediate family.  For Instance:

  • My sister is raising a fruit bat and may or may not be dating the ace daughter of a UN Diplomat.  We’re thrilled, and have invited her for thanksgiving.
  • My dad is a hobbyist but very, very good Document Recovery Specialist, and has been consulting with the FBI on something in Point Roberts, WA.  We’ll have to wait until 2025 before he can tell us WHAT though.
  • My mother is one of the world’s only Botanical Scientific Illustrators that specializes in Algae.  She’s consulting with several international preservation organizations to get their collections described, to the point where the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydeny AUS, is offering to pay her to fly over and help describe their collection.

Ethiopia gave the world Coffea arabica, the species that produces most of the coffee we drink these days. Today, the country is the largest African producer of Arabica coffee. The crop is the backbone of the country’s economy – some 15 million Ethiopians depend on it for a living.

But the effects of climate change – higher temperatures and less rainfall – could take a toll on the country’s ability to farm this treasured crop. Climate data shows that rainfall in Ethiopia has declined by almost 40 inches since the 1950s. And the frequency of droughts has increased in recent years, affecting coffee growing regions as well.

Ethiopia could lose from 39 to 59 percent of its current coffee-growing areas to climate change by the end of the century, according to a new study published in Nature Plants.

Ethiopian coffee farmers are “on the front lines of climate change,” says Aaron Davis, a scientist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in London, and one of the study’s authors. He says many coffee farmers have told him that they are experiencing less frequent harvests.

Ethiopia’s Coffee Farmers Are ‘On The Front Lines Of Climate Change’

Photo: Courtesy of Alan Schaller 


Plant of the Day

Friday 22 September 2017

Behind the scenes at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK, allowed the public to see the research glasshouse collections. These included an orchid display with Coelogyne species. There are around 190 species of these epiphytic orchids with the pseudobulbs having 1-2 plicate leaves. 

Jill Raggett