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Startup Cambrian Innovation has a new approach that seems to be catching on.

About 50 miles north of San Francisco, a brewery is quietly using a new type of technology, originally created to be used on a space station, to clean 50,000 gallons of dirty wastewater a day and generate energy in the process.

At the back of the brewery of Lagunitas Brewing Company, in Petaluma, Calif., three large shipping containers house an unusual design of electrically charged microbes that consume pollutants in beer wastewater and generate usable biogas. The technology was created by an MIT spinout called Cambrian Innovation, which is beginning to grow its customer list considerably in Northern California.

The Cunco reservoir, courtesy Viña Montes and Feast PR

Despite those who deny or are skeptical, a large majority of climate scientists tell us climate change isn’t only here, it borders on irreversible. The biggest threat may be in the fresh water supply, through a combination of persistent drought conditions and rising saltwater levels.

Global warming has helped wine production in France - but that will change.

Oenophiles of the future could find themselves heading to the balmy terroir of the United Kingdom to sample the latest fine wines.

Warmer temperatures in the U.K. due to man-made climate change could make the country a leading wine producer by the end of the century, according to new research. The study, commissioned by the company Laithwaite’s Wine, evaluated how rain and temperature conditions are expected to change by 2100.

Grapes hang on vines, produced by dry farming, in Canard Vineyard in Napa Valley, California. (Photo/Adam Fox)

As efforts continue to conserve water in drought-plagued California, one grape farming method has an added benefit of creating more flavorful wine.

Dry farming is a method that takes advantage of the water naturally available in the soil. When strictly applied, it excludes all forms of irrigation during the productive period of a vineyard.


A vineyard with a difference plans to study grape varieties to help reduce the impact of climate change on crops in the future.

The Vineyard of the Future project is a collaboration between the Queensland College of Wine Tourism (QCWT), Queensland Wine Industry Association and Wine Australia.

The project was established after the Granite Belt — Queensland's main winemaking region — experienced little to no frost and above-average temperatures this winter.

More than 100 grape varieties from across the globe, including Spain, Portugal and Italy, will be planted at QCWT in Stanthorpe. Viticulturalist Mike Hayes said they would be monitored closely to see how changing weather patterns impacted growth.