Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Climate change as a matter of fact in California wine country

Falcons, Drones, and Data: A Winery Battles Warming.  (The New York Times, 1/5/2017)
The Jacksons are going beyond the usual drought-mitigation measures. They are using owls and falcons, to go after pests drawn by the milder winters. They are finding new ways to capture rainfall. And since fossil-fuel consumption is one of the biggest drivers of climate change, they are trying to become more energy efficient, in part through the use of old-school farming techniques. 
Climate change is forcing the Jacksons to confront questions both practical and existential: Can you make fine wine with less water? Will good grapes still grow here in 20 years? What will become of an industry central to California’s identity, one that says it contributes $114 billion a year to the nation’s economy?

Related reading:
Cultivating the Future:  Triple Bottom Line Responsibility at Jackson Family Wines 

Other climate change as a matter of fact posts:
Kaktovik, Alaska.  (12/20/2016)
Bolivia.  (7/11/2016)
Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park.  (7/7/2016)
Kiribati.  (7/6/2016)
Peru,  (5/21/2016)

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