October 17, 2019

Climate Change and the Rise of Danish Wine

“Fredrik Andersson’s family has run a farm in Arboga, Sweden, for three generations. It’s only in recent years that the seven-decade-old farm, now 450 hectares, has had to face up to climate change–induced extreme weather, he says. But for the farm — about 100 miles west of Stockholm — that produces wheat, rapeseed, oats and malt barley, in addition to perennial grasses such as timothy, the change isn’t all bad.

Now, says Andersson, both dry and wet seasons last longer than they did a couple of years ago. Crucially, he says, “we have a longer growing season,” which has produced increasing yields of winter wheat.

Globally, climate change is predicted to lead to vanishing glaciers, swelling seas, searing drought and devastating storms. But some regions are expected to benefit from the warming trend. Specifically, according to the ClimateChangePost (CCP) — which collates data from 37 peer-reviewed journals — Northern Europe could by 2080 see its arable land increase 40 percent compared to 1990 levels.

For sure, climatic conditions aren’t uniform across the geographical expanse that is Scandinavia. But across Denmark, Norway and Sweden, farmers and experts are increasingly concluding that climate change — while bringing with it more unpredictable weather than before — is augmenting the performance of certain crops.”

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