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The Wine In­dus­try’s ‘greater com­mit­ment to mit­i­gat­ing cli­mate change’ (‘A Month in Wine’, Septem­ber 2018) is com­mend­able, but I won­der if it could play a fur­ther and pos­si­bly more im­por­tant role. There are a hand­ful of politi­cians in crit­i­cal de­ci­sion-mak­ing po­si­tions who still view cli­mate change as some sort of con­spir­acy the­ory or hoax. Could the wine in­dus­try play a cru­cial role in con­vinc­ing these last bas­tions of de­nial that this is re­ally hap­pen­ing? Pro­duc­ers around the globe are in pos­ses­sion of a plethora of data span­ning decades, de­tail­ing tem­per­a­tures, resid­ual su­gar, rain­fall, har­vest con­di­tions, al­co­hol lev­els, phe­no­lic ripeness… the list goes on. I can’t think of any in­dus­try, agri­cul­tural or oth­er­wise, which could be a bet­ter barom­e­ter of our chang­ing cli­mate than the wine in­dus­try. Alexan­der Chap­man, Wir­ral, UK

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