Friday, 21 March 2008

The Mediterranean: a fragile sea

The Mediterranean is getting warmer. According to a comprehensive study conducted by Centre d'Estudis Avançats de Blanes (CEAB), a marine research centre, the Mediterranean sea is both warmer and saltier than it was 30-40 years ago. Likely explanations for the increased salinity of the sea are the decrease in fresh water flowing from rivers due to decreasing rainfall in recent years, and the global rise in sea level resulting from the melting of polar ice caused by global warming. (Full story in printed edition).