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Global Warming?

Found this press release in my inbox today and thought it sounded interesting.

1st World Meeting on GLOBAL WARMING & WINE

The natural greenhouse effect maintains the earth at a warm and ideal temperature, hotter than what it would be without such effect. The CO2 that humans are injecting into the atmosphere is warming the planet’s surface. However, the question is, how much?

Expressions such as “Global Warming” and “Climate Change” are frequently used to designate the increase in the average temperature of the earth’s surface and oceans. Also, to describe the theories that point towards an excessive accumulation of CO2 and other gases, that help increase the greenhouse effect, as the main cause of the raise in world temperature.

Scientifically, the opinion to this respect (as described by the United Nations manifest on Climate Change) is that the average global temperature of the Earth has increased 0.6 +/- 0.2 ºC since the end of the 19th century, and that the majority of the climate changes occurred in the last 50 years are due to human activities. However, a small group of scientists does not accept these facts and conclusions, and consider that the action of mankind has had very little significance over global warming.

There is tremendous controversy in relation to the immediate consequences of climate change and which are the possible solutions to the problem. Different estimates place the changes between 1.4 and 5.8 ºC in the period between 1990 and 2100. But even the most conservative predictions, if they become reality, agree that they will represent major changes over the surface for our planet: from raising of the ocean’s levels (from 1 to 5 metres) to profound modifications in rain patterns, flooding, drought, heat waves, hurricanes, tornados, biological impact and drastic changes on agriculture.

Regardless of scientists coming to an agreement on the possible responsibility that the human race can have on the production of climate changes, it is a fact and a unanimous consensus that weather is changing and that the Earth is becoming hotter. It is along these lines that analyzing the situation, looking for possible options and solutions becomes compulsory. This is the spirit behind “GLOBAL WARMING & WINE – FIRST WORLD MEETING”.

With the participation of the leading specialists from around the globe, on March 24th & 25th, The Wine Academy of Spain organizes this event at the Hotel Hesperia Sant Just in Barcelona. During two days doctors, professors and winemakers from the most important universities and institutions of Spain, the USA, Australia and France will explain what climate change and global warming is, analysing the most immediate and future repercussions that it will have on viticulture and wine making. The topic will be approached from different angles and points of view such as: oenology, viticulture, wine making, financial, marketing and media.

Speakers taking part in “Global Warming & Wine – 1st World Meeting”

Dr. Richard Smart – Smart Viticulture (Australia)
Prof. Bernard Seguin – INRA (France)
Dr. David Smart – UC Davis (USA)
Dra. Mª José Truco – UC Davis (USA)
Dr. Greg Jones – University of Southern Oregon (USA)
Carlos Falcó, Marqués de Griñón (Spain)
Dr. Christian Butzke – Purdue University (USA)
Charlotte Hey – Drinks Business Magazine (UK)
Adam Lechmere – Decanter (UK)
Dr. Xavier Sort – Bodegas Miguel Torres (Spain)
Vicente Sánchez – FEAE (Spain)
Salvador Manjón – Semana Vitivinícola (Spain)

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