It's the Environment, Stupid.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Your wine is in trouble...

If you don't care about the polar bears, maybe you care about your wine.
A study by Florence University linking the effects of rain and temperature to wine production found that increasingly high temperatures and intense rains are likely to threaten the quality of Tuscan wines. Italy's farmers association warned the cultivation of olive trees, which grow in a mild climate, has almost reached the Alps.
The AP article mentions that Tuscan vineyard owners aren't too concerned though, afterall it may be a good 20 years or so before there's a real noticeable difference.

It's nice to see that folks are making the bigger connections on the global warming front beyond melting icecaps, but I don't want to hear them complaining in 20 years when the Chianti grapes are shriveling up...

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