Wednesday, April 09, 2008

For All You Do, Climate Change Is For You

Climate change (long term) and fluctuations in the weather (short term) confuse even people who should know better, so pinning down whether this industry or that can claim to be affected by one or perhaps the other becomes an issue of semantics over science. Climate change as an idea drifts into the abstract, with little that really has a practical impact beyond planning for longer beach seasons.

Leave it to New Zealand to solve that problem:

Jim Salinger, a climate scientist at New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, said climate change likely will cause a decline in the production of malting barley in parts of New Zealand and Australia. Malting barley is a key ingredient of beer.

“It will mean either there will be pubs without beer or the cost of beer will go up,” Mr. Salinger told the Institute of Brewing and Distilling convention.

There you are. Could climate change be any more real?

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