Mediterranean Getting Hotter, More Acidic, And Sea Levels Are Rising: Report

"Israeli government study also finds ‘alarming upward trend’ in mercury contamination in northern part of Haifa Bay".

"The Mediterranean Sea is experiencing higher temperatures and acidity, rising sea levels, and pollution by plastic and even mercury according to a report published Monday.

The report is based on the latest in a series of scientific voyages carried out by the Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute to monitor changes in the sea and the effects of marine infrastructure on the continental shelf along Israel’s coast.

The upper layer of the Mediterranean Sea continues to warm by about 0.13 degrees Celsius per year (0.23 degrees Fahrenheit) as a result of global warming, the report said. This exceeds the 0.055 degrees Celsius (0.099 degrees Fahrenheit) annual rate predicted by the World Climate Organization."

Sue Surkes reports for the Times of Israel February 6, 2024.

Source: Times of Israel, 02/07/2024