Wait, what? Are you serious? No, you gotta be kidding me, right?
Well, we wish we were. But this is true. No jokes.
Humans have always taken global warming as a joke without paying much heed to the effects it will be having in the future and it is having on the present. If you weren’t already caring about global warming, you will now. Scientists took it upon themselves to find out the one popular thing that people care about and will be affected by the global warming, except watching their loved ones melt to death as the deadly rays of the sun penetrate the atmosphere and tear their skin apart, of course.
We will tell you exactly what made scientists forecast a shortage of beer on the global scale. See, beer has an important component called the Barley crop. Now, barley crop is a crop, obviously. Thus, global warming, like all other natural vegetation, is slowly and steadily consuming it too in its wrath. Like Surtur consumed Asgard in its fire, global warming will consume the barley.
So, what happens due to this? Barley goes extinct (not so yay) as a result of this increasing global warming. If barley is destroyed, then so is the essential component of making beers. Consequently, there will be a shortage of beer and a shoot in its prices.
There is a statistic calculation which is called beer consumption per capita. Can you believe it? The government bodies actually calculate approximately how much every citizen is consuming. That’s too much free time on their hands, isn’t it? Instead of finding a way to end the problems of the world, they are sitting in their air-conditioned offices calculating how much beer a person drinks. Duh. Anyways, this is what is going to give us the next data in this journey. So, in this beer consumption per capita, the countries are given ranks on how much beer they consume. No, don’t cheer. Australia stands at 23rd rank on the global scale *sad face*. Do you know who is at the top? It’s the Czech Republic where beer consumption per capita is 143.3 litres (as per 2016 data)! Holy mother of god, that’s more than what our entire office consumes in one month.
According to the Australia Bureau of Statistics, there were 72.8 million litres of beer that people could consume in the year 2016-17. This number sounds high but actually 3.4% less than what was in the previous year (75.2 million litres). And this is no exaggeration that we are making using the name of ABS just because it sounds cool. What’s even more exciting is that do you even know why there was a decline in the beer consumption? No, not because people were sobering up. We don’t need to sober up, eh. Beer runs through our veins. This is because of the unavailability of pure alcohol.
We Aussies are so calm that we do not even want to think about the negative. But those professors in the US, the UK, and China are so jealous of us. That is why they conducted this study. They analysed here and there, carried out their mumbo-jumbo experiments and found that the rate at which the environmental heat is increasing causing drought and stuff across the globe will obviously lead to a shortage of barley crops and a shortage of raw material for the people who are making beers by the end of this century.
Let our insider economist take over.
So, when the demand for the beer increases and the supply is reduced, there are people in the economy who are more concerned to establish a monopoly. The most probable outcome of such a crop shortage is that global production will increase significantly in recent times, the manufacturers will store the crop with them for cheap prices now. Years from now, that crop will be available with them when the global demand increases and the supply decreases. Naturally, the price of barley crop will follow price elasticity graph. When the demand rises and supply falls, the prices shoot up. The barley crops those manufacturers procured for, say $100, will be sold for $1000! Hence, there will be a significant rise in the prices of the beer as well.
Undoubtedly, beer is one of the most preferred and loved alcoholic beverage, not only in Australia but throughout the world. Though the environmental effects of global warming have always been assessed and discussed, no one actually ever cared to think about the effects of this on beer.
Thank god that Game of Thrones is coming out with their final season, else this poor sod would have killed everyone and take over the Iron Throne.
The study also had some cool stuff like some calculations and predictions and others. In that, what we inferred that the loss of barley could be around 17%. The carbon dioxide level has increased 38% per cent since 1750’s industrial revolution (that’s around 270 years). This barley decrease is nearly half of that in the next 82 years! Scary stuff, really. And do you know that the beer prices could even double in due to this? That is when the inflation adjustment is addressed. What about the countries like Ireland where the cost of brewing is high? These scientists are predicting that the prices there can even triple.
People around the world have already sprung to action and planning to battle the global warming (beer needs to be saved, huh?) but we Aussies are still so chilled. We are writing about these topics, you are reading about these topics. Nothing new in the routine. And our Prime Minister? He is such a dude that he said Australia will not be spending any dollar on nonsense things like climate change conferences.
What a man, truly. So, grab your cans and mugs, play your favourite movie and chug all the beer that you can. Keep spreading love, and plant a couple trees, eh? Ain’t no harm coming due to that.