Almería could suffer mega-droughts

Two studies suggest that the south of Spain will be desert by end of this century

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Drought and rising climate temperature threatens the future of olive groves

By David Jackson

The south of Spain and Almería in particular could become a virtual desert by the end of this century, according to two independent studies into climate change.

Researchers from Newcastle University, writing in the International Journal of Climatology, used a total of 15 different climate models created by leading research bodies from across the globe to project climate assumptions for Spain.

Although the study resulted in many different predictions, all models which accurately predicted past events suggested major droughts would hit the province when projected into the future. The findings are similar to those reached by an independent study carried out in October of last year by the Aix-Marseille University in France.

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