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Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

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Climate change triggers early grape ripening

Tuesday - Feb 28, 2012, 04:35pm (GMT+5.5)
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Sydney -  Climate change is causing the early ripening of grapes, latest research shows.

Scientists attribute the fruit's ripening to climate warming and a decline in soil water content, based on a comparison of decades of vineyard records.

Climate scientist and viticulturist Leanne Webb from the Melbourne's School of Land and Environment said that a detailed study of the underlying causes has been undertaken for the first  time, the journal Nature Climate Change reports.

"Changes to the timing of biological phenomena such as flowering and emergence of butterflies have been noted on many continents over recent decades," Webb said, according to a  School statement.

"In some wine-growing regions, grape maturation dates have advanced about eight days per decade, with earlier maturing potentially impacting wine-grape quality and regional branding,”  said Webb.

Human-induced climate change is a driver of this grape response, given that previous studies have linked Australian temperature, and possibly rainfall to increasing greenhouse gas  concentrations.

“This study analysed harvest diaries from southern Australia for periods of up to 64 years. In contrast to previous studies that use harvest dates to indicate grape maturity, the research team  examined berry-sugar concentration records to detect the trends to earlier wine-grape ripening,” said Webb.


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