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The New York Time reports this morning that "by the middle of this century, Britain could become one of the world’s big wine producers, as global warming moves the limits of viticulture ever farther north." In fact, the fact is that "English sparkling wines have recently been beating Champagnes at international competitions … the British wine industry has been growing at double-digit rates for a decade and doubling in size over the last 30 years."

Here's how the Times frames the story:

"Any climate change that benefits the British wine industry is still highly speculative and would not compensate for the broader environmental hazards that many scientists say would accompany continued global warming. And more parochially, the country’s vintners still have many obstacles to overcome, including a cumbersome taxation system and the lingering stereotype that in the land of ales and stouts, English wine simply cannot be taken seriously.

"But there is no question that in recent years, British winemaking has benefited from warmer, if more erratic, weather. Britain’s climate is warming faster than the global average, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an international group. In Sussex, in southeast England, the average temperature in 2013 is 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit (1 degree Celsius) warmer than it was for most of the second part of the last century.

"According to scientific projections, Britain can expect wetter winters, drier summers and less snow and frost. In this way Britain is joining a list of prospective new wine countries that include China, Russia and even the Scandinavian states."
KC's View:
I think that the folks who don't believe in climate change ought to be prohibited from drinking the wonderful wines that warming climates make possible.

Seems like a reasonable rule to me.