Climate change rate to turn southern Spain to desert by 2100, report warns


No Challenge poses as great threat to future generations as the Climate change. It is one of the biggest threats our planet is facing today.

Scientist warned that if the effective measures are not taken to control the climate change than the whole of Southern Spain will turn into desert by the end of the century.

According to a study conducted by researchers at Aix-Marseille University in Provence, southern France, global warming above 1.5°C higher than pre-industrial levels will transform the Mediterranean region, producing ecosystems not seen in the past 10,000 years and turning southern Spain into desert.

Temperatures would rise nearly 5C globally under the worst case scenario by 2100, causing deserts to expand northwards across southern Spain and Sicily, and Mediterranean vegetation to replace deciduous forests.

The researchers estimated future climate and vegetation scenarios based on different temperature increases. In both a “business as usual” model and a model reflecting intended goals proposed by the Paris Agreement, the amount of ecological change predicted “vastly” exceeded that which occurred in the past 10,000 years.
“The Med is very sensitive to climatic change, maybe much more than any other region in the world,” said lead author Joel Guiot of Aix-Marseille University. “A lot of people are living at the level of the sea, it also has a lot of troubles coming from migration. If we add additional problems due to climate change, it will be worse in the future.”

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