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Study shows impact of global warming on coffee production

Study shows impact of global warming on coffee production

Science
Sept. 11 (UPI) -- A recent study by the University of Vermont found global warming could reduce coffee growing areas in Latin America by as much as 88 percent by 2050.Researchers from the University of Vermont's Gund Institute for Environment found climate change will continue to negatively impact coffee production, as well as bee populations, essential to coffee farming."Coffee is one of the most valuable commodities on earth, and needs a suitable climate and pollinating bees to produce well," Taylor Ricketts, director of the UVM's Gund Institute for Environment, said in a press release. "This is the first study to show how both will likely change under global warming -- in ways that will hit coffee producers hard."The study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of S...
New car production boosts manufacturing output

New car production boosts manufacturing output

Business
Britain's manufacturing industry recorded its first "significant" growth of the year in July, new figures reveal.The sector expanded by 0.5%, driven in part by the production of new cars, official data from the Office for National Statistics showed.The production of motor vehicles, trailers and semi trailers grew at the fastest rate since March 2009 at 13.7%.However, separate ONS data showed the construction industry is continuing to struggle with output falling - for the fourth consecutive month - by 0.9% in July because of a lack of new projects.Image:The construction industry is in decline due to a lack of new commercial projectsThere was also little improvement in the trade deficit - the gap between exports and imports - which remained static at £2.9bn.Exports of goods to the EU increa

Norwegian oil production better than expected

Business
June 21 (UPI) -- Crude oil production from Norway, the region's top supplier, was better than expected, a national energy regulator said Wednesday.Norway is a main oil and natural gas supplier for the European economy, designating nearly all of its offshore production for exports. The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, the nation's energy regulator, said preliminary figures for May were lower than the previous month, but better than expected.Based on preliminary data, the average production for May was 1.98 million barrels per day for oil, natural gas liquids and condensate, an ultra light form of oil. That's about 5 percent less than the previous month.About 80 percent of the total volume was oil and the NPD said the 1.61 million barrels per day average was 2.8 percent higher year-on-year a...