Global warming starts to impact on the climate of Cyprus, which in the future could become a desert. With such a warning made today, scientists from the Research Center of the Institute of Cyprus, who specialize in the study of climate change on the island.
"We are seeing increases in annual temperatures in Cyprus by 1.6 degrees Celsius. This means that the temperature on the island is growing faster than the rest of the world, where the temperature is increased by an average of 0.8 degrees Celsius — told a representative of the Institute, Professor Manfred Lange. — We are preparing for an increase in temperature and decrease in rainfall, "wrote sunhome.ru
The scientist said that Cypriots have already develop additional program desalination and recycling of water and start building houses adapted to the extremely hot and dry climate.
Since 1940's. rainfall in Cyprus but declined. If during the period from 1941 to 1970. Year falls each year on the island of about 533 mm of rainfall, the period from 1971 to 2000. — 463 mm. "Cyprus — European champion water shortages. Island needs water more acutely than any other EU country — said Lange. — Another problem is that there is also no underground sources of water." He said that from 2021 to 2050. Rains in Cyprus will be reduced by 6-18%, and in the period from 2070 to 2100 — by 20-35%, which will create a "climate of the desert."
Global warming Cypriots felt by today. 2007 and 2008. for Cyprus were among the driest in the last decade.