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Swedish Merlot, anyone? Warmer world boosts Nordic tipples

Vineyards are where people expect polar bears, grower says

On one of the world’s northernmost frontiers, grapevines are growing on hillsides and talk among farmers is about “terroir” and “aroma” as global warming and new technology push the boundaries of wine growing. “Maybe a touch of raspberry?” opined Wenche Hvattum, one of two farmers at the Lerkekasa vineyard west of Oslo — on the

Wild weather puts climate back on global agenda

Kerry says climate change a ‘weapon of mass destruction’

Bitter cold in the United States might appear to contradict the notion of global warming, but with Britain’s wettest winter and Australia’s hottest summer, extreme weather events have pushed climate change back on the political agenda. A spluttering world economy had sapped political interest in the billion-dollar shifts from fossil fuels that scientists say are

Global warming, trade helps crop pests spread

Crop-damaging pests are moving towards the Poles at a rate of more than 25 km (16 miles) a decade, aided by global warming and human transport, posing a potential threat to world food security, a new study shows. The spread of beetles, moths, bacteria, worms, fungi and other pests in a warming world may be

Foreign demand for beef, soybeans adds pressure on Amazon forest

A study links consumers to environmental impact on Brazil, saying foreign demand 
accounts for 30 per cent of deforestation

Reuters / Rising foreign demand for beef and soybeans will tempt Brazil to clear more of the Amazon rainforest, in a reversal of recent success in slowing forest losses, a study said April 4. About 30 per cent of deforestation in Brazil in the decade to 2010 was due to farmers and ranchers seeking land