Argentine Climate Experts Address Rising Temps


This past week Argentine energy officials released a report on the effect on climate change on Argentina's agriculture, including its wine industry, according to a  story in the Buenos Aires Herald this past week.
“The country's world famous wine industry is under threat from climate change,” the story said. “The Andean region – where the wine is mainly produced – is set to become one of the most affected by global warming.”
Argentina has faced a steady rise in temperatures over the 50 years, with more drastic changes predicted for the long-term. 
“Temperatures have risen 0.5 degrees Celsius in the region from 1960 to 2010 and the figure is set to increase soon, rising one degree Celsius in the near future and between 3.5 to seven degrees in Celsius in the long-term future,” the story said.
Wine industry aficionados are worried about the predicted change.
“Wine production in Mendoza and San Juan has already been affected and that's set to continue. Measures have to be taken to adapt to climate change,” said Vicente Barros, an adviser to the report.
Barros pointed out that though most of the world is facing the effects of climate change, Argentina's Andean region is predicted to undergo some of the greatest climate changes in the world. 
“People's lives will get much more complicated there, they will have to stay indoors in summer and avoid outdoor activities,” Barros said. “The Andean provinces need more water in the summer for the harvest season and climate change is a threat to that. Water should now be accumulated all year long and drip irrigation should be implemented widely.”
The climate change forecasts are an added insult to an injurious year of wine sales for the country.
“The effects of climate change means a challenge for wine producers, who are already going through a harsh period,” the Herald article said. “Wine sales dropped 7.3 percent last year, according to the Argentine Wine Institute (INV). Exports fell 17 percent and sales in the domestic market decreased 4.15 percent.”
The article closed with a quote from environment secretary Sergio Lorusso, who said the situation is more dire than what was thought before the report was released.
“The situation is much worse that what we had initially expected. Reality has exceeded fantasy,” Lorusso said. “We now have to prevent and take action to deal with the effects of climate change. All areas of the federal government will take an active role.”

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