Monday, 19 September 2016

Climate change measured in coffee rain

A climate change related vicious cycle is happening in the coffee estates of Kodagu. The changing climate is making rainfall erratic. The blossom showers needed during the coffee flowering period between February and April is getting missed out in years. With the blossom showers becoming erratic, coffee farmers are opting for irrigation, which in turn is reducing the importance of the shade trees for them, and they let them die. When these trees die there is an adverse impact on the water flow into the Cauvery river, and also the climate resilience in the hills and the plains. MORE … 

A farm worker measures daily rainfall in a coffee estate. Picture by K.K. Naren.

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