Some producers in Barolo say this year’s heat wave will improve their wines. But others warn of a loss of balance, in the season and in the grapes.
Jackson Family Wines is among California winemakers employing both high-tech and old-school techniques to adapt to hotter, drier conditions.
Here’s a selection of Times reporters’ most memorable stories of the year, with a focus on climate change and related environmental issues.
A study found that human-caused warming was responsible for 55 percent of the rise in the dryness of the landscape in the western United States.
Private companies like Cadiz Inc. and Poseidon Water hope to turn a profit by slaking the mounting thirst of California and the West. But the obstacles are formidable.
A natural cycle of fire and forest renewal has been broken in the West, some scientists believe. Millions of trees may never return.
The report suggests droughts in the state may become more common as precipitation on the Sierra Nevada Mountains reduces because of global warming.
Torrents of rain forecast for the end of the year could ease the drought but could also cause flooding and mudslides and reverse gains made in water conservation.
Scientists hope to help North American ashes defend against an Asian beetle that has caused widespread damage throughout the U.S.
The city wants to pipe water from the nearby lake to address a problem with its own water. But a 2008 compact prohibits that sort of thing.