A photo taken on July 23, 2015 shows a general view of a crowded beach of the Adriatic Sea in the city of Durres. Hot weather conditions have reached a peak of 42 degrees Celsius in Albania in the past few days. With temperatures pushing 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), the UN warned heatwaves were growing more frequent and intense due to climate change, and called on more countries to put warning systems in place to inform people of the dangers. AFP PHOTO / GENT SHKULLAKU        (Photo credit should read GENT SHKULLAKU/AFP/Getty Images)

Even with 2 degrees of global warming, desertification would overtake parts of the Mediterranean

 

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People rush to the beach during heat waves in the Mediterranean region, which will get more extreme as the globe warms. Credit: Getty Images

 

Rapidly Warming Mediterranean Headed for Desertification, Study Warns

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BY SABRINA SHANKMAN

Even with 2 degrees of global warming, the current global goal, desertification would overtake parts of this lush and vibrant region.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.