Summer daze …
Revisiting the Mediterranean coast of France and Italy in this set, and dreaming about summer days to come. Visit the Summit Voice Sunday Set archive, and check out our online gallery for more landscape and nature photography.
Scientists warn of ecosystem, health impacts
Scientists say the 2015 expansion of the Suez Canal has enabled non-native species to swarm into the Mediterranean, potentially impacting fisheries and human health.
“The Mediterranean Sea is the most invaded marine basin in the world. The number of non-indigenous species greatly increased between 1970 and 2015. 750 multicellular non-indigenous species were recorded in the Mediterranean Sea, far more than in other European seas, because of the ever-increasing number of Red Sea species introduced through the Suez Canal,” said Bella Galil of the Israel National Center for Biodiversity Studies. “This raises concerns about the increasing introductions of additional NIS and associated degradation and loss of native populations, habitats and ecosystem services.” Continue reading “Non-native species invade Mediterranean through newly enlarged Suez Canal”
So many moods in the deep blue sea, changing from day to day, and even from hour to hour. This set features shots from a jaunt along the Mediterranean coast of Italy and France, including a few moon rise time exposures. The cove image from the French island of Port Cros, a national park off the coast of Hyères. The moonrise shots are near Cap Corsaire.
Current regional dry spell appears to be the most severe in more than 900 years
The Mediterranean region may already be feeling the impacts of human-caused climate change, according to a new tree ring study that compared an ongoing drought in the region with historic climate conditions.
Based on the findings, NASA scientists concluded the current drought — spread across Cyprus, Israel, Jordan Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Turkey — is the worst in at least 900 years. Nearly all climate models project that global warming will dry up the Mediterranean region. Continue reading “Climate: Study sees global warming fingerprint on long-running drought in Mediterranean region”
Open-air ruins tell the tale of ancient animosity
Story and photos by Garrett Palm
Mid-April is still the off-season in Kayaköy, Turkey so my friend and I had the Greek ruins almost to ourselves. Nearby the towns prepared for the oncoming wave of British summer homeowners. For now the “Beatles Bar,” Indian restaurants, night clubs, and Turkish cafes advertising full English breakfasts were closed.
After you pass through mini-Britain you come to a lush valley among the mountains on a peninsula on the Anatolian Coast. Across the green, working farms of the valley is a slope of grey buildings, the abandoned Greek village. After seeing centuries- and millennia-old ruins around Turkey, this abandoned village less than a hundred years old had a familiar eeriness. The storm coming in from the Mediterranean heightened the end of the world atmosphere. Continue reading “Travel: Dinner in a Turkish ‘ghost town’”
A few places to visit …
SUMMIT COUNTY — Since today’s Summit Voice features a couple of stories on European tourism, we thought we’d include a photo essay showcasing some of our favorite spots around the Mediterranean. Check out the related stories:
Forest fuels change as people move from the countryside to cities
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — An increase forest fires in the Mediterranean region has been linked with shifting demographics and changes in land use, according to scientists with the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
The study, recently published in the journal Climatic Change, constructed a complete database of historical fires in the province of Valencia in order to relate them to the evolution of the climate and societal and territorial transformations in the region. The research that was carried out provides the most complete series of data on the evolution of fires in the Mediterranean basin to date.
The data showed that fires grew more frequent and larger during the 1970s. The change is linked to a population exodus from rural areas and changes in land use during that era. Continue reading “Researchers say frequency and size of fires in Mediterranean region linked to changing population patterns and land uses”