Champagne could lose its classic taste due to climate change

August 9, 2018 by  
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Planning to pull out a bottle of chilled champagne in celebration of your latest accomplishment? Not so fast. The seasonal shifts in temperature that have become more and more extreme over the years are affecting grape production in regions around the world, and that includes the famous Champagne region in France. Champagne grapes depend on a cool climate and chalky soil in order to produce the crisp, fruity taste they are known for. But climate change is making these factors less dependable, and champagne producers in France are worried about the future. Related: The growing wine industry is threatening California’s Napa Valley In an interview with Bloomberg, Antoine Malassagne, co-owner of champagne maker A.R. Lenoble, explained the difficulties now involved in champagne production. “Harvest is two weeks earlier than it was 20 years ago,” he said. “It used to be mid-to-late September. Now harvest often starts in August, as it will this year. But maturity during hot days and nights results in lower and lower acidity in the grapes, which means less freshness in the wines.” The lower acidity is also problematic for producers, given that acidity is what allows champagne to age, creating the wine’s unique taste. A.R. Lenoble has been combating the gustatory alterations to its products by mixing in reserve wines from older vintages. Louis Roederer, another champagne compnay, has begun experimenting with DNA analysis of yeast and biodynamic viticulture to try and head off the impacts of climate change. Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon, the company’s chef de cave, has spearheaded these efforts in search of a way “to maintain what has made Champagne’s reputation.” Despite the potential challenges facing champagne producers, Lecaillon is optimistic. “We invented bubbles to make up for unripe grapes. As farmers, our job, our life, our passion has been to adapt to climate change for hundreds of years. If the future heats up too much,” he said, “we’ll just have to make Burgundy.” Via Bloomberg Image by  Anthony Delanoix  on  Unsplash

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Extreme Heat Waves Are Expected to Quadruple by 2040

August 16, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Remember those stifling heat waves in the summer of 2012 that made you want to roll up into a ball and live in your refrigerator? Those heat waves are likely to become much more common in the coming years. A new study produced by a pair of European climate scientists suggests that extreme heat waves are likely become twice as common by 2020, and their frequency will quadruple by 2040. The scientists conclude that the increased frequency of extreme and unprecedented heat waves is “likely to pose serious adaptation challenges.” Read the rest of Extreme Heat Waves Are Expected to Quadruple by 2040 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alexander Robinson , Climate Change , climate models , Dim Coumou , extreme heat wave , extreme weather , global warming , heat , heat waves , severe heat wave , sigma-five , sigma-three , weather        

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New Report Finds Arctic Ice Melt is a Ticking Time Bomb That Could Release 50 Gigatons of Methane, Cost $70 Trillion

July 25, 2013 by  
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Arctic ice is melting at an alarming rate , and a new report by a group of economists and polar scientists published in Nature asserts that the thaw is an economic time-bomb that could cost the world trillions of dollars due to methane released by thinning permafrost. More than 50 gigatons of methane lie trapped beneath the East Siberian Sea, and the release of this potent greenhouse gas due to the warming climate could have catastrophic consequences for the world economy and the planet as a whole. Read the rest of New Report Finds Arctic Ice Melt is a Ticking Time Bomb That Could Release 50 Gigatons of Methane, Cost $70 Trillion Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: $60 trillion price tag to arctic thaw , Arctic ice melt , artic thaw impacts on poor ecomonies , droughts and storms , east siberian arctic shelf , economic time bomb of arctic ice melt , extra methane emissions , extreme heat , flooding , gail whiteman , international monetary fund , methane released by thinning permafrost , possible oil spills in arctic , rotterdam school of management , single giant pulse of methane from permafrost , slow methane emission from thinning permafrost , world economic forum        

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Dangerous Heat and Storms to Peak Today in Northeastern US

July 19, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock High temperatures have left large parts of the US sweltering in recent days, and today those temperatures are predicted to reach “dangerous” heights. Temperatures broke 100 degrees at JFK airport yesterday, while the heat index ranged from 105-115 degrees in some areas. Today’s hot weather is expected to be broken by heavy storms, golf-sized hail and possibly tornadoes in some areas. But the extremity of the weather is not even the strangest part—meteorologists are taking particular note of the fact that the system is moving “backwards” from east to west . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dangerous heat , east coast , extreme heat , extreme weather , global warming , heatwave , NOAA , tornadoes , weather forecasts , weather patterns        

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