Stay on target Incredible Images From Space Capture the Death of a GlacierEating Less Meat Can Fight Climate Change, According to UN Report What’s red and white and experiencing the devastating effects of climate change? The world’s wineries.Gradually rising global temperatures are impacting vinification the world over.But while some wineries struggle against the warming trend, others have found a happy medium in, of all places, Oregon.AdChoices广告The Van Duzer Corridor—the lowest point in the state’s Coast Range—has become what the Associated Press called “a go-to place for wineries and vineyards hedging their bets against climate change.”Named for Henry B. Van Duzer, a member of the Oregon State Highway Commission and first chairman of the Oregon State Parks Commission, the 95-square-mile stretch of land may soon join the American Viticultural Area.As reported by AP, the site (pronounced Van DOO-zer) is gaining popularity as once-idyllic grape plantations become less viable; the ocean winds and mountain dip help keep the fruit cool.Northern California’s Petaluma Gap, which also sucks in conditioning ocean breezes, was recently designated an American Viticultural Area, providing an official appellation for the benefit of wineries.“Even though we have those heat waves just like Napa and Sonoma, we still have the cool breeze in the afternoon and the cooler temperatures at night and the fog in the morning,” Ria D’Aversa, director of ranch operations at Petaluma Gap vineyard McEvoy Ranch, told the AP.The smallest variations in weather can change grapes’ sugar, acid, and tannin content, according to the news agency, affecting the final product’s taste and characteristics—which is a real problem for long-standing vintners.Desperate times call for desperate measures, like opening up shop in unconventional places.“People would have looked at you like you had three heads if, 30 years ago, you told someone you were going to grow wine grapes there,” California winemaker Ehren Jordan said of Oregon’s lowlands.Jordan’s Napa Valley-based winery recently bought 80 acres in the Van Duzer Corridor and opened a nearby winery—one of six in the growing area.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
An Emirates A380 www.emirates.comEmirates to deploy A380 on more routes in 2016Emirates has announced it will deploy its highly-popular A380 to even more destinations across its network in 2016 – reinforcing its commitment to provide an enhanced onboard experience for its passengers.Birmingham (BHX), Prague (PRG) and Taipei (TPE) have been added to the growing list of Emirates A380 destinations, making Emirates the first and only airline to operate a scheduled A380 service from each of these destinations. Emirates’ daily Birmingham flight, EK39/40, will be up-gauged to an A380 beginning 27th March 2016. Emirates A380 services to Prague and Taiwan will start from 1st May 2016. Additionally, Barcelona will be served with a second daily Emirates A380 service from 1st June 2016.“The introduction and increase of Emirates’ A380 services in these strategic destinations means more travellers will have the opportunity to experience our industry-leading A380 product,” said Thierry Antinori, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates.“Our onboard innovations on the A380, across all classes, continue to impress and delight our customers. Deploying larger capacity aircraft, such as the A380, also helps us to efficiently meet growing passenger demand in these markets, contribute to tourism development and enhance customer choice and options,” Thierry Antinori added.Flying the world’s largest fleet of A380 aircraft at 71, Emirates continues to set the pace for A380 deployment. Since Emirates launched is first A380 flight in 2008, the aircraft has flown over 42 million passengers, covering more than 630 million kilometres.Emirates’ inaugural A380 flight to Birmingham, EK39 will depart Dubai at 07:35hrs and arrive at 12:20hrs and will be operated in a two-class configuration. EK40 will depart Birmingham at 14:20hrs and arrive in Dubai at 00:35hrs (+1). The addition of an A380 on this route follows the recent introduction of Emirates’ third daily flight to Birmingham, as well as the airline’s milestone 15th year of operations to the city being celebrated this week.The daily Emirates Dubai-Prague route, operating as EK139, will depart Dubai at 09:05hrs and arrive in Prague at 13:30hrs. The return leg, operating as EK140, will depart Prague at 15:40hrs and arrive in Dubai at 23:35hrs. The A380 route will be operated in a three-class configuration, representing a 44 per cent increase in capacity.In Taiwan, Emirates will up-gauge its service to a two-class A380 service, representing a 44 per cent increase in capacity. Emirates flight EK366 will depart Dubai at 04:35hrs and arrive in Taipei at 16:50hrs the same day. The return flight EK367 will leave Taipei at 23:30hrs, arriving in Dubai at 05:05hrs the next day. Taipei Taoyuan International Airport recently completed enhancements making it compatible with the double-decker aircraft.Barcelona will be served twice daily with an Emirates A380 service, in a three-class configuration. From 1st June 2016, the second A380 service flight EK187 will depart Dubai at 15:45hrs and arrives in Barcelona at 20:55, while the return leg, EK188 departs Barcelona at 22:40hrs and arrives in Dubai at 07:25hrs the next day. The first A380 service to Barcelona was launched on 1st February 2014.On a three-class configured Emirates A380, there are up to 429 seats in Economy Class, 76 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 14 Private Suites in First Class where passengers also have access to the world’s only onboard Shower Spas. First Class and Business Class passengers can also socialise at 40,000 feet at the Onboard Lounge. Emirates’ two-class configured A380 features 58 flat-bed seats and the Onboard Lounge in Business Class, and 557 spacious seats in Economy Class.Passengers in all classes can enjoy access to over 2,000 channels of films, TV shows, music and games through ice, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system, as well as free Wi-Fi and gourmet cuisine.There are currently 36 A380 destinations on the Emirates network, setting the industry benchmark for both A380 connectivity and customer experience.About Emirates:Emirates connects people and places around the globe, inspiring travel and facilitating trade across 147 destinations in 79 countries and territories. On-board its modern and efficient fleet of 244 aircraft, Emirates offers award-winning comfort and service, delivered by friendly cabin crew representing over 130 nationalities. Emirates has received more than 500 international awards for excellence.Today, Emirates operates the world’s largest and one of the youngest fleets of the iconic A380 and popular Boeing 777s.In 2013 the world’s first purpose-built A380 facility, Concourse A, opened at Dubai International Airport for the exclusive use of Emirates and its global aviation partner Qantas, connecting to over 35 Emirates A380 destinations around the world.Together, Qantas and Emirates operate 91 flights per week to Dubai from Australia. Emirates’ 77 services operate from Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, including five daily A380 flights. One service daily from Sydney operates via Bangkok.One service daily from Brisbane operates via Singapore. One Melbourne service daily operates via Singapore, with another daily service operating via Kuala Lumpur. Emirates operates 28 flights per week to New Zealand – daily to Christchurch from Sydney, and daily all-A380 travel to Auckland from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Source = Emirates Emiratesbook and fly here