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Storms May Have Produced Most Mediterranean “Tsunami” Deposits

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Researchers recently revisited geological evidence thought to indicate 135 tsunami events in eight nations ringing the Mediterranean basin. Credit: NASA

A new analysis reveals that nearly all of the region’s sedimentary evidence ascribed to tsunamis, which dates back 4,500 years, corresponds to periods of heightened storminess

October 18, 2017 — Records of tsunamis and coastal storms abound along the Mediterranean seaboard, home to large cities such as Istanbul, Tel Aviv, and Naples and roughly 130 million people. But differentiating between these two types of natural disasters, which is critical for accurately estimating their relative risks, is challenging because they both sweep sedimentary material inland. Continue reading Storms May Have Produced Most Mediterranean “Tsunami” Deposits

Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000

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BORDER SIGN. A picture taken in the village of Spielfeld, Austria, on February 20, 2017 shows a border crossing at the Austrian-Slovenian border. Rene Gomolj/AFP

Italy summons Austria’s ambassador after Vienna threatens to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering, as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100,000 this year

ROME, Italy (Jul. 5, 2017) — Italy summoned Austria’s ambassador Tuesday, July 4, after Vienna threatened to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering, as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100,000 this year. Continue reading Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000

One Of The Last Remaining Routes To Europe For Refugees Is Also One Of The Deadliest

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Migrants, most of them from Eritrea, jump into the water from a crowded wooden boat as they are helped by members of an NGO during a rescue operation at the Mediterranean sea, about 13 miles north of Sabratha, Libya, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. Thousands of migrants and refugees were rescued Monday morning from more than 20 boats by members of Proactiva Open Arms NGO before transferring them to the Italian cost guards and others NGO vessels operating at the zone.(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Rescuers are feeling powerless in the face of mounting challenges

October 27, 2016 — The stretch of the Mediterranean Sea separating Libya from southern Italy has become a death trap for some of the world’s most vulnerable people.  Continue reading One Of The Last Remaining Routes To Europe For Refugees Is Also One Of The Deadliest

Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2016 hit record 3,800 – UN

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DANGEROUS JOURNEY. Migrants hang from a boat as they wait to be rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, some 12 nautical miles north of Libya, on October 4, 2016. File photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

The most dangerous route is between Libya and Italy, where the UN has recorded one death for every 47 arrivals this year

GENEVA, Switzerland (Oct. 27, 2016) — At least 3,800 migrants and refugees have perished this year while trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe, the highest ever toll ever on the perilous route, the United Nations (UN) said Wednesday, October 26.  Continue reading Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2016 hit record 3,800 – UN

25 people found dead in Mediterranean migrant boat horror

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The find adds to the grim evidence of the hazards of crossing the Mediterranean – a journey that the UN said Wednesday has claimed more than 3,800 lives so far this year, a record

ROME, Italy (Oct. 27, 2016) — The French aid group Doctors without Borders (MSF) said Wednesday, October 26, it had found a pile of 25 migrants who died in apocalyptic conditions, perishing in a pool of fuel and seawater aboard a crowded dinghy off Libya.  Continue reading 25 people found dead in Mediterranean migrant boat horror

Warming of 2C will push Mediterranean habitats into ‘unprecedented situation’

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Andalusian landscape near Alora, Spain. Credit: Joel Carillet/iStock/Getty Images

The Paris Agreement, slated to come into force on the 4 November, contains a two-pronged, long-term goal for limiting global warming – holding to “well-below 2°C above pre-industrial levels” and a more ambitious aim to “limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C”

October 27, 2016 — A new study, just published in Science, shows what difference the extra 0.5°C of warming could make for Mediterranean habitats during this century.  Continue reading Warming of 2C will push Mediterranean habitats into ‘unprecedented situation’

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

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Coastal landscape seen from Cape Formentor, Mallorca. Climate change could see Mediterranean vegetation replace deciduous forests in Southern Spain. Photograph: Daniel Pavon/Aix Marseille University/Science

Mediterranean ecosystems will change to a state unprecedented in the past 10,000 years unless temperature rises are held to within 1.5°C, say scientists

October 27, 2016 — Southern Spain will be reduced to desert by the end of the century if the current rate of greenhouse gas emissions continue unchecked, researchers have warned.

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