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Melting Chocolate: Climate Change Threatens West Africa's Cocoa Dominance

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Hundreds of thousands of small-scale cocoa farmers in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire will be forced to adapt or relocate by higher temperatures

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helen r (33)
Friday September 30, 2011, 10:49 am
This is tragic! Thank you for the post!

Stella Nobrega-Garcia (4)
Friday September 30, 2011, 11:41 am
This is terrible news. Thank you for sharing.

Edo R (71)
Friday September 30, 2011, 12:30 pm
Thanks for sharing!

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 3:14 am
Noted, thanks.

Lyssa C (20)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 3:32 am
Noted, thanks.

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 3:58 am

Jo Asprec (0)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 4:13 am
I love chocolates. Very sad cacao production will go down because of global warming.

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 4:31 am
Noted thanks.

Angelo Frei (0)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 5:58 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 7:06 am
Disturbing news.

Shelley P (21)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 8:41 am
what would we be if thee was no more chocolate....mad, very angry emotional people desperately seeking chocolate to relieve emotional problems

Rita White (21)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 8:53 am

Harshita S (137)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 8:57 am

Brenda Towers (0)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 8:59 am
Noted.. This is alarming news for the farmers.

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Saturday October 1, 2011, 9:15 am

David C (129)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 10:29 am
How many people might this wake up into finally making changes to stop/limit climate change????? personally, I don't care the reason that people will work to improve the world for the future, but I will take any reason!!!!! Good luck to the farmers, this will make it only make it more difficult to sustain a life.....

Robert O (12)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 10:47 am

Julija S (87)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 12:13 pm

Jillian B (2)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 12:22 pm
YIKES, this is horrible!!! I always keep dark chocolate at my desk, it helps get me through some rough times, and those poor farmers :(

Claudia O (73)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 12:54 pm
This is serious indeed.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 1:14 pm
Noted , hope there will be a solution !

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 1:46 pm
Let us take due note!

Elizabeth M (65)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 2:00 pm
Noted with thanks Cal. This could turn into a disaster for the cocao trees. Action should be taking place now, and the farmers should get some help!

Bruce V (7)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 2:54 pm
We from more prosperous nations must find a way to help Africa and if there is a way to adjust to climate change find it before the world's poor become even less than that.

Carl Nielsen (7)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 3:15 pm
Look at the bright side - if cocoa production moves elsewhere like perhaps southern Europe a lot os child labour and slavery will be over.

And as long as developing nations like China, India and Brazil insist that they can increase CO2 emissions as they see fit NOTHING Europe and US can do will make much of a differnce - If the US and Europe went to zero emisssions tomorow it still wouldn't be enough to avert change.

rose s (239)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 4:50 pm
this alarming for us humans

Edgar Z (47)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 5:33 pm
Bad news, because for many farmers, cocoa is the main source of income.

Clifton Jackson (124)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 6:15 pm
Not very good news! I Love Chocolate! I hope something can be done!

Bonnie B (103)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 6:36 pm
Thanks, Cal! I agree with Dave, I hope this wakes up the many chocoholics throughout the world to climate change!

greenplanet e (155)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 9:09 pm
We have to halt/mitigate climate change. Perhaps the threat to chocolate will spur politicians to action.

Colleen L (3)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 9:58 pm
So sad. Amazing to read how much the climate change is causing so much danage. Thanks Cal

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Sunday October 2, 2011, 12:07 am
Another grim reality. I hope some thought is put into adaptation and that they are able to keep the palm oil planters out. Reforestation might be of help, but what would really help the survival of people everywhere is if we pull our belts in and if we do not have as many children anymore.

Joy Wong (103)
Sunday October 2, 2011, 3:21 am
Noted, thanks.

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 2, 2011, 4:42 am
noted, tragic for farmers and me, I love chocolate

Muriel Servaege (53)
Sunday October 2, 2011, 5:39 am
Thank you for telling us. This is really a tragic story. Something must be done. Once again, poor and underprivileged people have to pay the price for our excesses.

Lloyd H (46)
Sunday October 2, 2011, 6:07 am
I have to wonder if the fact that the Cacao tree is an introduced for for profit not a native to Africa but to Central and South America has anything to do with this.

Elizabeth Brawn (25)
Sunday October 2, 2011, 11:47 am
i try to eat only fairtrade or rainforest certified or both, chocolate

Elizabeth Brawn (25)
Sunday October 2, 2011, 11:49 am
thank you for shring this with us.....i have posted it my facebook wall

mars bars are now rainforest certified

also cadburys' dairy-milk chocolate is fairtrade
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