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Climate change in Asturias.

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Future effects of climate change in Asturias.

  • 09/02/2007 More heat, less but more torrential rain Semi-tropical climate within several decades. Rise 1-2 in winter and 2-4 in summer. Less rain in all seasons apart from Autumn.
  • Agriculture not excessively affected though heat will allow warmer crops to thrive. The famous “huerta murciana” would move north to Asturias. Irrigation would be needed.
  • Livestock farming, an essential element of Asturian landscape, threatened by less grass growth.
  • Flooding along Asturian coast, especially in points such as Rí­a de Villaviciosa and Ribadesella. Disappearence of some dune systems
  • 17 new marine specieshave been detected in recent years in Asturian Cantabrian Sea. Sardines are moving north to British Isles
  • Lusher forests and benefits for bears. Bad news for much of the planet, but bear expert Roberto Hartasánchez of Fapas, often quoted by iberianature, is less catastrophic seeing acid rain as more urgent problem for forests in region. Bears, at least in Asturias, could benefit from milder climate. More here from La Voz de Asturias See also Climate change in Spain
  • Climate change in Catalonia

    Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

    21/07/2007 Effects of climate change in Catalonia this winter

    • Jellyfish normally leave the coast in winter, but they’ve stayed this year because of the high temperatures of 15ºC (rather than 12-13). Winter rains which reduces the coastal sea’s salt level and pushes jellyfish out to deeper waters, have been sparse and so jellyfish have stayed. Banks of Pelagia noctiluca seen off Costa Brava. See also Spanish jellyfish

    • More and more hoopoes and storks are wintering in Catalonia instead of flying south. Previously rare Catalan species ( black-shouldered kite, thekla lark & orphean warbler) are increasingly turning up. More here (El Periodico) . See also Climate change in Spain

    • Update (23/01/06). Effects of climate change in Galicia: many butterflies, dragonflies and amphibians active. Oak tress keeping their leaves along coast (Voz de Galicia)

    Glaciers of Iberia

    Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

    The main page iberianture page on Glaciers of Spain is here