Grist’s offices are in Seattle, so we take this one really seriously: Climate change is threatening Costa Rica’s coffee crops. Coffee’s a fussy little plant, and it can’t handle extreme temperatures, so yields are going way down as temperature inches up.
And if you think that’s a buzzkill, try this: An independent study by a Berkeley energy analyst found that growing pot indoors uses the same amount of electricity as running 30 refrigerators. Processed cannabis, the study says, gives off 3,000 times its weight in CO2 emissions. Can that possibly be right? Crap, back to mushrooms, I guess.
Energy up in Smoke: The Carbon Footprint of Indoor Cannabis Production, Evan Mills.