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Monday, January 3, 2011
Environment and Development
"Tea off: India's farmers say climate is changing brew"
Growers in the tropical Assam state, India's main tea growing region, say rising temperatures have led to a drop in production and subtle, unwelcome changes in the flavor of their brews.The area provides some of the finest black and British-style teas,notable for their heartiness, strength and body.
Assam produces nearly 55 percent of the tea crop in India- a nation that accounts for 31 percent of global tea production. But the region's tea production has dipped significantly, and plantation owners fear it will drop further as temperatures rise and rainfall patterns change. As a result India has proposed a system for sharing technologies between rich and poor countries designed to free up funding and technologies for poor nations that need help coping with a warmer world. Read More