Saturday, July 21, 2007

Too Hot for Sun Worshipers

China is deluged by rainstorms and floods. So are parts of Britain. What could be worse? Maybe it would be to be in sunny Greece, Italy or Southern France. Europe's Mediterranean nations are facing the unthinkable - weather so hot it kills their tourism industry.

In Greece, temperatures have reached 43 C. in the shade, the hottest weather in over a century.

'The Mediterranean climate of this country no longer exists. It is changing, perhaps even faster than we expected,' said Michalis Petrakis, director of Greece's Institute of Environmental Research at the National Observatory in Athens.

It's the same story throughout most of the eastern Med. Forest fires are spreading throughout the region, wildlife is simply dying off.

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