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Climate Change, Winter Storms, and the Future of European Wine

Flood-affected vineyards in Langoiran, Western France, on Feb. 1, 2014
Flood-affected vineyards in Langoiran, Western France, on Feb. 1, 2014Photograph by Jean Pierre Muller/AFP via Getty Images

By 2050 French and Italian vineyards will lose out to new ones in more northerly England and Germany.
Source: l. Hannah et al/PNAS 2013; Map: Nightstallion/Wikimedia Commons, adapted by S. Egts via Science News

You may have trouble believing that today’s mammoth snow-and-ice storm on the East Coast has anything to do with climate change, even though there’s strong scientific evidence that global warming makes erratic weather in the U.S. more likely by disrupting the jet stream.