Ah lads! Global warming could threaten wine production in Europe

So, we're all aware of the impending doom that global warming promises to bring. The ice-caps will melt, oceans will rise and civilisation as we know it, will be over.

And while keeping our cities above sea-level would seem like a pretty decent incentive for using a green bin, many of us are still not doing our part.

Well, this stops today, because rising global temperatures are wreaking havoc on wine production in Mediterranean countries.

A new report has revealed that a slight increase in temperature in the region may result in labour and productivity losses in the European wine industry – and we just won't have it! 

Published in the Temperature journal, the article outlined how high temperatures may effect the labour output and productivity of manual agricultural grape-picking workers.

The study, which focused on workers in Cyprus who often work in conditions up to 36C, found that higher temperatures led to labour losses of up to 27 per cent.

It's thought that the increased heat can put stress on the workers' metabolic and cardiovascular systems.

The amount of time workers were able to carry out their duties was also reduced by 15 per cent, because of the need for a greater number of breaks.

Wine as we know it could soon be a thing of the past as grapevines are very responsive to their surrounding environment, with soil condition being a key factor in taste.

Dig out the reusable cups – together, we can save the vineyards of Europe. 

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