Europe “warming much faster than the global average”

Europe’s temperatures are rising at a rate higher than the world average, requiring governments to take action to protect the continent’s mountains, coasts and the Mediterranean and Arctic regions, according to a report issued on Monday.

Written by the European Environment Agency and branches of the World Health Organisation and the European Commission, the report said that at the current rate of climate change, northern Europe could get wetter this century, while the Mediterranean region may turn to desert.

Scientists caution that rising seas caused by glacial melting could put four million people and two trillion euros (US$2.8 trillion) in assets at risk from flooding by 2100.

Europe’s average temperature already has warmed by 1.0° C (1.8 F°), while the global average temperature has increased almost 0.8° C (1.4° F) above pre-industrial levels.

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