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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 12:19 PM
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Mediterrenean May Be Too Hot For Tourists By 2020, Thanks To Warming
The likelihood is that Mediterranean summers may be too hot for tourists after 2020, as a result of too much heat and water shortages. This is one of the conclusions of a study published in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism.

As temperatures soar across Europe some northern Europeans travelling to Mediterranean beaches are finding the weather no warmer than at home. But this could only be taste of things to come. "Those conditions will become more prevalent in future, David Viner, a senior climate scientist at the University of East Anglia in England warns.

Climate change could dramatically change the face of Maltese tourism in the next 20 years as traditional tourism flows are inverted with European tourists flocking to the UK to escape unbearably hot continental summers. Weather changes may provide revival opportunities for northern seaside towns such as Blackpool but these could spell disaster for Malta and other Mediterranean destinations. According to Dr Viner the heatwave across continental Europe in 2003 was a useful indication of the extent of climatic changes expected in the future. We are already seeing things change quite radically, he said. What we saw in 2003 we were not expecting to happen until 2050.

With a similar heat wave raging this summer, the alarm bells are ringing. Mediterranean beaches may simply get too hot for tourists this century because of global warming and northern Europeans will find the summer balmy enough to stay at home, researchers said last Thursday.

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http://www.businesstimes.com.mt/2006/08/02/l9.html
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global1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 12:20 PM
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1. Because Of Global Warming or Because of War?.......nt
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DavidDvorkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:49 PM
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2. The beaches of Scotland and Sweden
Will be so jammed with Italians that the natives will be grumbling about the tourists, even while the tourists spend their Euros at the charming outdoor cafes.
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Dead_Parrot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 06:31 PM
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3. Thought for the day...
What we saw in 2003 we were not expecting to happen until 2050.

Just let that phrase sit in in your mind for a minute:

Rage, despair and manic laughter are optional.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:29 PM
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4. The Sahara is shifting northwards...
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