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Climate Change Could Boost British Wine Industry

wine pourClimate change could be a boon to the UK wine industry, making Britain one of the world’s largest wine producers by the middle of this century, the New York Times reports.

British winemakers have benefited from warmer temperatures in recent years. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Britain’s climate is warming faster than the global average. Prospective wine industries in China, Russia and Scandinavian counties also stand to benefit from drier summers and less snow and frost.

“Global warming is definitely benefiting the UK wine industry,” Chris Foss, who oversees the wine department at Plumpton College, tells the New York Times. “The industry has potential to expand at least five times, if not 10.”

While warming temperatures may boost wine production in the UK and other traditionally cooler countries, climate change will threaten grape growing, leading to dramatic production declines in the world’s top wine regions, according to a study published earlier this year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The most dramatic decline is predicted for Europe, where researchers estimate an 85 percent decrease in production in the Bordeaux and Rhone valley regions in France, Tuscany in Italy.

The study estimates anywhere between 19 percent and 73 percent of the land currently suitable for grape-growing in major wine regions will no longer be appropriate for viticulture by 2050.

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4 thoughts on “Climate Change Could Boost British Wine Industry

  1. Warmer temps. That’s great. Ha ha.
    Did you read about the recent storms?
    The Wyoming storm that killed 100,000 cows, mostly pregnant?
    You guys don’t get out much. Ha ha.

  2. CO2good isn’t fooling anyone (well, except for himself I suppose). To imply that global warming is not underway based on a recent cold snap is just another example of the misleading practice of focusing on individual weather events while ignoring the broader climate picture. Right now it happens to be late fall/early winter in Wyoming and elsewhere. Guess what? It isn’t unusual for cold storms to strike at this time of year.
    Climate refers to average weather patterns and conditions over decades to centuries. One seasonable storm is meaningless.

  3. A synthesis of nearly 400,000 first flowering records covering 405 species across the UK found that British plants are flowering earlier now than at any time in the last 250 years (http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/early/2010/04/01/rspb.2010.0291). This evidence supports AGW by showing how springtime is gradually occurring earlier and earlier. Perhaps that does bode well for a British wine industry; although unfortunately there are numerous and severe negative consequences as well…

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