New climate change report shows the Middle East and eastern Mediterranean are heating twice as fast as the rest of the planet putting 400 million people at risk.
Climate change: East Mediterranean temps set to rise 5C by end of century
The eastern Mediterranean and Middle East are warming almost twice as fast as the global average, with temperatures projected to rise up to 5C by the end of the century if no action is taken to reverse the trend, a new report says.
The region will experience “unprecedented” heat waves, more severe and longer-lasting droughts and dust storms and rainfall shortages that will “compromise water and food security” for the region’s 400 million people, according to a summary of the report released Tuesday.
The eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East are more susceptible to warming trends because of their unique natural characteristics, like large desert expanses and lower water levels, the study said.
The report was prepared by an international group of scientists overseen by The Cyprus Institute’s Climate and Atmosphere Research Center and the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry. Originally published in June in the journal Reviews of Geophysics, it aims to underscore the impact of climate change in the region ahead of the United Nations climate summit in Egypt this November.