Warm beer

It’s time to set some priorities. What’s more important, driving or drinking?

According to ABC News, the price of beer will rise in the next couple decades as climate change hinders the production of key ingredients such as barley and hops. Throughout the world, heat and lack of water is expected to cause poor production in various crops.

In Australia and New Zealand, the effects of warmer temperatures are already showing a change in barley production. According to Jim Salinger, a climate scientist at New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, drinkers can expect to pay more for their beer in the next 30 years, or worse yet, have no beer at all.

But don’t worry, if the lack of alcohol doesn’t kill you, the heat waves, air pollution, infectious disease, poor food production, and flooding caused by global warming may get the job done.

And it’s a shame, because threats of frying under the sun and choking on clouds of carbon dioxide, make a beer sound really refreshing.