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Experts say climate change could result in higher coffee prices

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Could climate change mean paying more for your morning cup of coffee?

One climate panel says "yes."

According to the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC), pests, rising heat and extreme temperatures resulting from climate change may actually impact the supply of coffee.

The news has those in the coffee industry worried.

"I am very concerned," said Mauricio Galindo, head of International Coffee Organization. "I would say climate change is the most serious threat to the sustainability of the coffee supply chain right now."

The IPCC says that a temperature rise of just 2 to 2.5 centigrades means some coffee growing countries could run out of cool mountainsides to grow the beans.

It predicts that coffee production will decline by 34 percent over the next six years.

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