Tim Carl: Wildfires have pushed Napa Valley’s wine industry to the brink

What just a few years ago was a tragedy to be overcome by a handful of winemakers has now become an existential threat to the entire wine industry.
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JoAnne Skelly: Smoke, plants and people

Although, we are irritated by the smoke, unfortunately, it can do significant damage to wine grapes causing a foul taste, a ruined crop and less wine availability in the future.


From good wine, a direct path to the wonders of nature

For this city dweller, wine provided the opening to a greater understanding of food and agriculture, and their precarious balance.

Napa winemakers are trying to fight climate change

Climate change now poses an existential threat to cabernet and other quintessential Napa wines.


Pass the shiraz, please: How Australia's wine industry can adapt to climate change

Many Australians enjoy a glass of homegrown wine, and A$2.78 billion worth is exported each year. But hotter, drier conditions under climate change means there are big changes ahead for our wine producers.


Better wines among the pines: Agroforestry can climate-proof grapes, French researchers show

As the world warms due to climate change, winemakers are struggling to maintain the quality of their product.


Taking New Zealand wine carbon neutral to lure younger buyers

New Zealand wine producers, both big and small, are innovating to meet the challenge of making their industry carbon neutral by 2050.

Can drinking brandy help solve climate change?

Mark Guillaudeu, beverage director at Commis and CDP Bar in Oakland, wants you to drink more brandy. Not just because it's delicious but also because he believes it might help mitigate the effects of climate change.


Your favorite foods are at risk from a rapidly warming planet

Avocados, coffee, and more could be subject to change—from how they’re grown to when we eat them.

Climate change forces cognac makers to consider other grape varieties

Cognac makers are considering overturning longstanding tradition and turning to new grape varieties, as the main cultivar required to make the spirit struggles with the effects of global warming.


Protecting California’s legendary wine may come down to one pollutant

Wine is likely to be among the casualties of climate change, with some regions suffering more loss than others. But in California, air pollution regulations to target one pollutant in particular are actually working to save the grapes, and keep your favorite pinot noir on the table.


Warming winter (almost) cuts off a sweet wine tradition in Germany

Years of milder temperatures have made German ice wine, produced since 1830, increasingly rare and expensive. This year, the industry body says, there will be only a few bottles.

No ice wine for you: Warm winter nixes special German wine

A warm winter means that, for apparently the first time in the history of German winemaking, the country's fabled vineyards will produce no ice wine - a pricey, golden nectar made from grapes that have been left to freeze on the vine.


From grape to grain: how a warming climate is changing what we eat and drink

Australia is known for its fresh food and great wine – but that could change as the weather becomes hotter, drier and more unpredictable. One winemaker is racing to adapt.

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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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