The worsening climate crisis has yielded yet another unexpected consequence – the Pumpkin Spice Latte is back but it is way too hot for that.
More than 50 million Americans now live in areas where enjoying Pumpkin Spice Lattes in September is simply impossible and nothing short of a death wish. What once was a cozy holiday drink just in time for fall has become a grim symbol of our country’s inability to adapt to the rapidly changing climate.
According to the National Weather Service, extreme temperatures are expected throughout the state of California along with parts of the Pacific Northwest, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, and Northwest Arizona, with the agency warning, “it will be the worst conditions for consuming a Pumpkin Spice Latte since record keeping began in 1875.” Temperatures are not expected to cool significantly overnight in many of these areas, so ordering the Pumpkin Spice Latte won’t even be tolerable after sundown, experts say.
Greenhouse gases pumped into the atmosphere by human activity trap more of the sun’s heat, which puts more energy into weather systems and worsens their impacts— setting forests ablaze, flooding cities, warming the seas into devastating hurricanes, and making it untenable to even consider getting a Pumpkin Spice Latte anywhere near Labor Day. “Gone are the days of talking about the crisis in terms of the future,” said former UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres. “It’s too hot to drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte NOW.”
It will be the worst conditions for consuming a Pumpkin Spice Latte since record keeping began in 1875.The National Weather Service
“If we don’t act quickly and aggressively, we could see Pumpkin Spice Lattes disappear from the fall entirely by the year 2030,” the EPA announced in a statement. “It might not cool down enough until like, November, which is gonna run right into Peppermint Mocha season and then we’ll really be in trouble. There may be no coming back from that.”