India, Brazil, Victoria discussed on On Air with Doug, Jen and Victoria
Go again, another half hour conversation. DJ vitae was thirty four at the hour. I've Doug Stephan. With my pals, Jennifer, horn, Victoria, kiva Mackerras, schilling your pals as well. So let's pal around with Victoria for a little while find out how she can move to the next level. Well, I've got some bad news for coffee drinkers new research is showing that sixty percent of coffee species around the world might go extinct soon. And this is coming from the the Royal Botanic Gardens in the UK, these the researchers there have been studying the effects of climate change and deforestation and droughts along with plant diseases, and they've been specifically focused on the future of coffee, and they say that it doesn't look great because coffee plants grow in very specific natural habitats. So rising planet temperatures increased rainfall that's brought by climate change can actually make coffee impossible to grow in places where they once thrived as these plants so they say that. Human encroachment deforestation is probably the biggest effects, and we just talked earlier this week about the the Amazon cutting down more of the trees in in Brazil. So it's essentially a lot of Brazilian coffee. That's if you think about it like it's grown in the shade and the rainforest, and if there is no shade, then the coffee can't grow, and so will and also high altitude coffee coffee has very different species and some coffee grows. Linemates and like winding is probably a little gen would. No, I think it probably is a little more varied then wine. I would think right. The there's probably more. There's there's a a larger spectrum of climate. Yeah. There's so many different kinds. Yeah. I would imagine. That's probably true. I don't know for sure. Yeah. The researchers say that some coffee species can be extinct in as little as ten years and that it's not really going to get any better. So that means the price of coffee goes away up, and they say that the the the taste will get worse because if it's not being grown in its natural habitat. Now that you're gonna find that coffee doesn't really taste as good as it once did. Alright news continuing out. Sorry. This week last. We we're always talking about the focus on climate change, and what really is going on. And so there's usually a negative spin on for example. I think the conversation we had Victoria was about how much of the rain forest has been got hit in the past ten twelve years, but you'll be interested to know that in the last couple of years, some of the big oil and gas companies have started to get into new businesses, which would be considered positive, for example. Royal Dutch Shell which is second only to Exxon Mobil in terms of the the size, the sheer size of the company has been spending a couple of billion bucks a year in the last few years on ventures that have nothing to do with oil and gas as a matter of fact, they're into bio fuels that are. Made from sugarcane. They've got a huge company huge planned in Brazil. They have built a project in India that makes biofuels from all the waste products in India in India have you ever been to India or heard about India's one of the dirtiest most horrible places on the planet. Once you get out of Delhi isn't even a fabulous place. But the rivers are loaded with sewerage. It's amazing that they they have the kind of population. I mean, the population lives as long as it does. But anyway, the point here is that they have taken all of this garbage. And they've made it into a valuable commodity that will generate electricity, and so far their efforts have generated for them in these various countries almost two trillion dollars in sales that is people buying energy that is not from fossil fuel. And I think that that's I think they ought to be acknowledged for that. Frankly, they've started a hydrogen fuel business in Germany. They have all these hydrogen filling stage, you know, that's what the buses and cars of the future. Go to Los Angeles, the buses are all powered by hydrogen gas. I mean gas liquid gasoline but alternative fuels. And so the they're all all over Europe. They're doing things they are building a huge solar park in the Netherlands with fifty thousand solar panels, providing renewable energy to run the plants that they have they they have a large chemical plant in this area. So they're using solar to power it. And they're using there's a lot of excess. So it's going into the the local. Again, back to burning fossil fuels are not. So I thought you know, we're so eager. And I am 'cause I can't stand the way these big companies are on the difference between an American company. I hope that's not the case and a European based company, but they have a national renewable energy laboratory, which they the information that they have their sharing with the US with other companies. So that, you know, isn't all you realize how expensive it is to do research. The, you know, the drug companies, you're always saying, this is why it costs so much to have drugs because it causes so much to do the research to develop drugs. Okay. So you can make that argument. Same thing is true in energy. It's true in most any field. I think isn't it. I mean, look at the way new products have been who have been developed designed for buildings and maybe the wall, even though it's a sore subject with some people the technology, the what they're using to build the wall. A lot of. Different products. That are new is a very interesting new airplanes the new airplanes the same size plane weighs twenty five to thirty percent less than the plane. The for example, seven fifty seven they first started building those in the nineteen nearly.