By Theodoros Zachariadis
This booklet presents a concise evaluation of proof and projections approximately weather switch in Cyprus and its area till the tip of the twenty first century. weather switch is anticipated to have adversarial results in Mediterranean Europe – the main severe in comparison to different eu areas. Being an island nation with a semi-arid weather within the japanese Mediterranean, Cyprus is found in a scorching spot. in response to the data to be had within the literature, it highlights the anticipated usual, fiscal and societal affects of weather switch and provides concepts for the implementation of a countrywide model approach. regardless of the dismal outlook bobbing up from this overview, the booklet demonstrates that dealing with weather switch is feasible, only if proactive activities are taken via either the general public and the personal area. Public experts have to set transparent priorities and arrange enough tracking mechanisms which can aid keep away from huge ordinary and financial damages at a later degree. permitting inner most model investments and correctly pricing using typical assets are key priorities for making an investment in a weather resilient economy.
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Climate Change in Cyprus: Review of the Impacts and Outline of an Adaptation Strategy by Theodoros Zachariadis