Mediterranean harder hit by climate change than other world regions

WNM | Oct 10, 2019 at 11:59 PM

Barcelona, 10 October (AFP) - Climate change is having a much more severe impact on the Mediterranean than the global average. According to a study presented on Thursday by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), temperatures in the region have already risen by 1.5 degrees compared with the pre-industrial era. The average global temperature increase over the same period was 1.1 degrees.

By 2040, temperatures around the Mediterranean could rise by up to 2.2 degrees compared to the 19th century, according to a study by 600 scientists. By the end of the 21st century, the increase in some regions could even be as much as 3.8 degrees.

"We are one of the regions most affected by climate change worldwide," said UfM Secretary General Nasser Kamel at the presentation of the study. In this study, the scientists also warn against the consequences of climate change. Among them, they cite drought and a decrease in precipitation of up to 30 percent, for example in the Balkans and Turkey.

At the same time, thunderstorms would become more frequent. People in the Mediterranean region would have to expect droughts and crop failures.