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Eight Ways Wine Will Change in 2020

"Eight Ways Wine Will Change in 2020" is the title of an article published by Bloomberg. Its opening quote is, unavoidably, on how #climatechange has changed the game, for example, regarding the timing and approach to grape harvest, and how it will continue to do so, especially with 2019’s scorching heat waves in France, catastrophic fires in Sonoma, California and South Australia. At least two more trends are, in one way or another, related to a greater need for balance between profit and planet: 1) How #globalwarming will lead to new experiments across wine regions. 2) Innovative packaging will come along, from refillable, reusable jugs and flat bottles made from recycled plastic...

Global carbon dioxide emissions flatlined in 2019

The Press Release below was launched yesterday by the International Energy Agency: Despite widespread expectations of another increase, global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions stopped growing in 2019, according to IEA data released today. After two years of growth, global emissions were unchanged at 33 gigatonnes in 2019 even as the world economy expanded by 2.9%. This was primarily due to declining emissions from electricity generation in advanced economies, thanks to the expanding role of renewable sources (mainly wind and solar), fuel switching from coal to natural gas, and higher nuclear power generation. Other factors included milder weather in several countries, and slower economic growth in some emerging markets. “We...

Climate Change Could Force Winemakers to Seek New Varieties of Grapes

The article below was published by Jan Wesner Childs, at www.weather.com, on January 31, 2020: Winemakers might have to adjust what kind of grapes they grow, and wine drinkers which tastes they prefer, as warmer temperatures worldwide put grapes in the bull’s-eye of climate change, according to a new study. “It’s going to be very hard, given the amount of warming we’ve already committed to … for many regions to continue growing the exact varieties they’ve grown in the past,” Elizabeth Wolkovich, one of the study’s authors and an evolutionary biologist at Harvard University, told the Harvard Gazette. “But what we’re interested in talking about is how much...

The European Green Deal

The first climate-neutral continent by 2050 is the commitment behind the Green Deal, EU’s answer to what the European commission’s new president, Ursula von der Leyen, called the “existential issue” of the climate emergency. Below we publish the Press Release launched by the European Comission on the matter The European Commission today presented The European Green Deal – a roadmap for making the EU's economy sustainable by turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities across all policy areas and making the transition just and inclusive for all. President Ursula von der Leyen said: ‘The European Green Deal is our new growth strategy – for a growth that gives back more than it takes away. It...

Symington Launchs 1M€ Impact Fund

Symington Family Estates, a Porto Protocol member, has created a new fund worth €1 million to support social, cultural and environmental initiatives in the Douro and Alentejo. Below you will find the article taken out of the Synington official website: In 2020 we are celebrating two historic milestones – the 200th anniversary of Graham’s Port (established 1820) and the 350th anniversary of Warre’s Port (established 1670). To mark these two events – a reflection of the longstanding friendship between Portugal and Britain – we have created a new Impact Fund with an initial pledge of €1 million euros. The Symington Impact Fund will primarily support positive causes...

Stories to Watch 2020

The article below was built based on STORIES TO WATCH, an initiative by the WORLD RESOURCES INSTITUTE (WRI) that overviews trends, people and moments that will matter in the year to come. This particular moment in time also marks the beginning of a new decade, following one where countless unprecedented events took place. Striking natural (and unnatural) disasters, from floods to draughts to fires occurred and, in the middle of it all, an incredible sense of the awake of a global collective action, that eventually faded away. (Will this be its decade, we ask?) In this summary, WRI, through the voice of its President and CEO Andrew...

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