If the rains fail, so could the cocoa beans

Yesterday many of us overindulged in chocolate, but Easter is not the only time we munch our way through mounds of cocoa-based treats. Globally, chocolate consumption is on the rise and the majority of this demand is met by cocoa farmers in southern West Africa. Now there are concerns that pollution in the region could interfere with the West African monsoon, potentially drying up the world’s main supply of cocoa beans.

Like many other cities in southern West Africa, Abidjan on the Côte d’Ivoire, is growing fast, and with the expansion comes increasing air pollution. So will these extra particulates and gases change the weather?

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