Global warming reshapes almanac for tea growers in China's Yunnan

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By Ryan Woo


Provincial officials blame climate change for the greater frequency of drought in recent years, warning that rising temperatures threaten losses in crop production.

Extreme weather will also rewrite tea-growing seasons among the ethnic minority groups living in Yunnan, such as the Aini, to which the 49-year-old Que Liu and his family belong.

Production seasons in Yunnan, which for centuries had been part of a tea trading network linking Tibet and imperial China, have been dictated more by the taste buds of wealthy tea-drinkers in the last two decades.

But this year, the worst drought since 2010 slowed the growth of new leaves, delaying the picking season 15 days and slashing output.


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