The morning coffee ritual is serious business; Australians drink roughly 16.3 million coffees a day. Plenty of news coverage has been devoted to its health benefits, but how much do you know about the environmental cost of your daily latte? Shopping can be confusing at the best of times, and trying to find sustainable options makes it even more difficult.
Coffee is grown in some of the most biologically diverse regions of the world, sometimes causing significant damage. But there are choices you can make to reduce the ecological impact of your caffeine fix.
Coffee mostly affects tropical forests, as they are cleared to make way for coffee farms. But with certain cultivation practices, these coffee farms can support an impressive range of forest biodiversity.
The world’s most popular coffee type, Coffea arabica, grows under the rainforest canopies of Ethiopia. A natural requirement for shade means coffee is often cultivated under shading plants, from a single tree species to a diverse range of plant life.
“Another day, another migraine” is a wonderful morning mantra from Spongebob’s Squidward Q. Tentacles, which you can also apply to your account security on a near-weekly basis. It feels as though there is always some new data breach or unfortunate leak you have to deal with, and this week's exercise is the big one.
The biggest one, actually: 1,160,253,228 combinations of emails and passwords, affecting 773 million unique email addresses in total.