Monday, October 16, 2006

Global Warming Off's The Vine

Great Headline....but the facts are scary if you enjoy a Nouvelle Beaujolais.

French wine about global warming
Warming climate conditions between 1945 and 1999 have already brought the grape harvest forward by three weeks to a month in many parts of France - to its earliest point for the past 500 years, according to the ONERC.Though for the past 20 years, a general rise in temperatures has spelled good news for the French wine trade, a confirmed trend towards global warming could bring other unwelcome challenges.The summer of 2003 - when a heat wave gripped much of Europe - was an early warning sign: the grape harvest was down 17 per cent on average, almost entirely because of the climate, according to the ONERC.

See: Global Warming

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