Italy’s white truffle hunters worry about climate change

  • In this photo taken on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, Carlo Olivero smells a truffle taken from the earth in the woods near Alba Italy. Olivero has been hunting truffles for more than 40 years, and worries about climate change and the transition of wooded land to vineyards and orchards will impoverish future truffle production. (AP Photo/Martino Masotto)

  • In this photo taken on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, a close-up of white truffles collected during cool November weather, which yields some of the most fragrant of the highly prized Tuber magnatum Pico. (AP Photo/Martino Masotto)

  • In this photo taken on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, a white truffle dug from the earth by Carlo Olivero, who has been hunting for prized white truffles in the hills near Alba in the northern Italian region of Piedmont. (AP Photo/Martino Masotto)

ALBA, Italy — Rising global temperatures are worrying truffle hunters around the Italian town of Alba, where the most prized specimens can fetch twice the price of gold.

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