Impacts of climate change on wine in France

Publication - 4 September, 2009
Climate change threatens the future of wine making in France, as unpredictable heat waves and hail storms take their toll on vine crops.

Executive summary: French wines are an important component of the world’s cultural heritage. But today, they are in danger. French viniculture is a climatically-sensitive process and it is already feeling the impacts of global warming - summer heat waves, recent hail storms in the Bordelais and the emergence of new diseases. These impacts will soon get even worse. The experts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) state categorically that if we do not limit temperature rise to 2°C (above pre-industrial levels), it will lead to uncontrollable consequences for our ecosystems.

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