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Valentine's Day: Climate Change Could Impact Some Of Your Favorite Treats (PHOTOS)

Posted: 02/13/2012 4:43 pm

And you thought finding a Valentine for the 14th was hard enough. In the future, some common treats associated with February 14 could became more expensive or even scarce.

Growers of agricultural products tied to specific climatic conditions -- such as cocoa, wine grapes and coffee beans -- may see decreased yields as temperatures and precipitation rates become more extreme later in the 21st century.

Some see climate change as an imminent threat, but changes to the products listed below are not likely to ruin your Valentine's Day for several decades.

It is true that 2011 was only been the 11th hottest year on record, but global average temperatures continue to rise.

Last year was the 35th straight year "that global temperatures were warmer than normal," according to the Associated Press. 2011 was hotter than every year in the 20th century except 1998.

Below, check out a list of 7 drinks and food products that may be affected by climate change.

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Chocolate -- a staple of Valentine's Day gifts -- could see fluctuations in production and price, thanks to climate change.

A 2011 report from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture found that Ghana and Ivory Coast, which supply almost half of the world's cocoa, may see much of their suitable cocoa growing areas shrink by 2050 if temperatures rise by 2.3 degrees Celsius.

Experts have suggested different strategies to protect African cocoa farmers' crops and livelihoods, but chocolate price increases are expected in coming decades.

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Filed by James Gerken  |