Researchers say global warming could knock out premium
wine grape growing by the end of this century. The GLRC’s
Tamara Keith has this report:
Researchers say global warming could knock out premium wine grape growing by the
end of this century. The GLRC’s Tamara Keith has this report:
The study uses climate modeling to predict what the weather will be like at the end of the
century in key wine growing regions like California’s famous Napa Valley. The answer:
it’s going to be hot. The number of very hot days will increase, making today’s top wine
growing regions unsuitable in the future.
According to the study, if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t reduced, nationwide premium
wine production will drop 81 percent. Noah Diffenbaugh co-authored the study
published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences:
“The key point is that climate change could have dramatic impacts and that adaptation
will likely be required and that adaptation could be quite costly.”
Critics say climate models aren’t good enough yet to predict future agricultural
For the GLRC, I’m Tamara Keith.