[ENN] ROME –Climate change is affecting Europe faster than the rest of the world and rising temperatures could transform the Mediterranean into a salty and stagnant sea, Italian experts said Wednesday.
Warmer waters and increased salinity could doom many of the sea’s plant and animal species and ravage the fishing industry, warned participants at a two-day climate change conference that brought together some 2,000 scientists and officials in Rome.
« Europe and the Mediterranean are warming up faster than the rest of the world, » said climatologist Filippo Giorgi. « It’s a climate change hot spot, one of the areas where we actually see the change happening. » Scientists still don’t know why the region is more sensitive to climate change, but Giorgi said that in the next decades, temperature increases hitting Europe during the summer months could be 40 percent to 50 percent higher than elsewhere.