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Climate Change Could Boost British Wine Industry

Climate change could be a boon to the UK wine industry, making Britain one of the world’s largest wine producers by the middle of this century, the New York Times reports.

British winemakers have benefited from warmer temperatures in recent years. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Britain’s climate is warming faster than the global average. Prospective wine industries in China, Russia and Scandinavian counties also stand to benefit from drier summers and less snow and frost.

“Global warming is definitely benefiting the UK wine industry,” Chris Foss, who oversees the wine department at Plumpton College, tells the New York Times. “The industry has potential to expand at least five times, if not 10.”

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