Northwest climate may support almond crops by 2050
I'm doctor. Anthony License and this is climate connections when you buy almonds at the grocery store. It's likely they were grown in California. California produces about eighty percent of the global almond supply. That's Lauren Parker of the University of California Davis. She says almonds have long thrived and the Golden State but that's changing as the climate warms during hot weather. Almond trees need extra water and California's facing more severe droughts which make water supplies less reliable. So Parker is studying if the industry could shift north to parts of Oregon and Washington. She says frost damage the big risk there now but by mid century global warming could allow almonds to grow well in the northwest under climate. Change what we anticipate. Seeing is a reduction in the frost risk even for almonds which pretty early in the year. She says it's not as simple as picking up and moving. The northwest does not have the extensive irrigation systems and processing plants. California has so. It's not to say that the northwest won't be without its own set of challenges but from a temperature perspective at least to the opportunity. Is there so the industry may be able to shift? North and adapt climate connections is produced by the Yale Center for Environmental Communication. Learn more at Yale Connections Dot Org?