Climate change comes for oak

Like other plants, oak trees are being affected by climate change. But, as Jim Clarke reports, good research is hard to find.

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Winegrowers looking to cope with climate change can respond relatively quickly: vines can be replanted and productive in less than a decade; in the shorter term, irrigation and canopy management might address issues from one harvest to the next. In contrast, imagine how hard it would be to plan if your harvest came 150 years after planting. That’s the challenge the cooperage industry is confronting.

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