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Italian Wine Production May Be Affected by Global Warming

posted on February 23, 2007

Italy's noted Chianti wine production may be forced to move further north – possibly to Scandinavia – if the global warming trend continues. A study by Florence University has linked the effects of rain and temperature to wine production and that increasingly high temperatures and intense rains are likely to threaten the quality of Tuscan wines.

The research shows that while warmer temperatures favor wine quality, the rain that comes with is not.

The European Union this week announced a target to cut their greenhouse gas emissions to 20 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2020.

A report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states that if nothing is done to change emission patterns of greenhouse gases, global temperatures could increase as much as 11 degrees by the year 2011.

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