Pat Shingleton: "No Beets, No Cola..."
A refreshment expert recently suggested that climate change may be impacting popular refreshments. Extreme weather affects Coco-Cola's supply of sugar cane, sugar beets and citrus fruits. On a related note, Nike shuttered factories in Thailand due to flooding. The New York Times reports that Jeffrey Seabright, Vice-President for environment and water resources for Coke, referenced events related to climate change, including droughts and 100-year floods, every two years, that have retarded production of the company's goods. Experts believe that climate change will continue to threaten the global economy. Coca-Cola has embraced water-conservation technology and Nike uses a synthetic material that is less dependent on the weather.
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