Climate change could ruin tourism in the Mediterranean
Rhett A. Butler, mongabay.com
July 1, 2005
According to a new study the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), global climate change will bring hotter,
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drier summers to the Mediterranean and significantly impact two of the region’s largest industries, agriculture and tourism.
WWF predicts climate change will in increase the number of extremely hot days and decrease rainfall in the summer, making the region less attractive for tourists and reducing crop yields. Warmer temperatures in northern Europe is expected to further put off visitors.
Jennifer Morgan, director of the WWF’s climate change program. told Retuers that “Unless something is done to tackle global warming, the Mediterranean will not be the same place that people have enjoyed in the past.”
Global climate change is expected to have major impacts worldwide but scientists are still uncertain as to what these changes might bring to specific regions.
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The Mediterranean region is the world’s leading tourist destination, with more than 220 million international tourist arrivals each year. The Mediterranean region receives about a third of the income of international tourism.
This article used information from Reuters and WWF.