Call for action on climate change

Industry leaders should press governments to protect viticulture from extreme weather events by acting on climate change, says expert.

Angel Hsu, who is Founder and Director of the Data-Driven EnviroPolicy Lab at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, is urging industry leaders to put pressure on governments to increase their commitments on cutting carbon emissions so they can meet the targets of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

The global accord under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change set a target of limiting the increase in average global temperatures to well below two degrees above pre-industrial levels and included a pledge to limit the increase to 1.5 degrees.

“What that means is that we can no longer ignore climate change. Paris had record high temperatures of 38 degrees Celsius this past summer.”

“Wine is very much a reflection of the climate and the environment, I can’t think of any product that comes from the earth that would be more affected by it.”

Hsu says the most effective action industry leaders can take is to press their governments to end fossil fuel energy production and adopt the target of 100% net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Currently the European Union is considering a target of 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.

Photo: Angel Hsu, Founder and Director of the Data-Driven EnviroPolicy Lab at Yale-NUS College, is an expert in environmental policy