THE CARBON DIOXIDE SHORTAGEWe’re in a potential crisis, people:

No beer at this time of year?

A British trade group says there’s a shortage of carbon dioxide in Northern Europe, sparking fears that drinks may lack fizz just as thirsty soccer fans fill pubs for the World Cup.

Gavin Partington, director-general of the British Soft Drinks Association, says the shortage is due to the closure of several production sites for various reasons, including seasonal maintenance. But industry publication Gasworld says the situation is worse this year because normal maintenance has coincided with technical issues at chemical plants that also produce carbon dioxide.

Nobel Prize for whoever first succeeds in removing CO2 from the atmosphere and putting it into beer. An alcoholic carbon sink will save the planet.