From the Huffington Post - Keith Peterman - Professor of Chemistry, York College - 12/06/2012 – “First Carbon-Neutral Coffee Takes Center Stage at UN Climate Conference” - Keith enjoys a morning cup of Joe to jump-start his day and his coffee of preference is made from beans that come from the steep mountain slopes of the Tarrazú region in west-central Costa Rica. The altitude and climate in that region create perfect growing conditions for high quality, strictly hard-bean Arabica coffee. That coffee took center stage at the UN climate conference yesterday afternoon. Arriving for media photos the Costa Rican delegation brought with them several large bags of beans from the Dota coffee cooperative in the Tarrazú region and symbolically presented the beans to the organizing Sub-Committee. The presentation was linked to the recently released World Bank Report "Why a 4 °C Warmer World Must be Avoided". Recognizing the risks of a climate catastrophe as outlined in the report, the Costa Rican Minister of Environment René Castro-Salazar stated, "We just delivered the first 5000 pounds of internationally certified carbon-neutral coffee in the world because we should preach by example... the top down is going too slow, we are starting bottom up." Costa Rica was previously the first nation to declare its intent to become carbon neutral by 2021.

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