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A study on climate change warning about the effects it will produce in Mazarrón medium and long term (12/02/2014)

Yesterday was presented at the City of Mazarrón is study on the impacts that climate change will produce in the town over the medium to long term on various economic and social aspects and also on natural heritage.

This presentation was given by the Mayor, Ginés Campillo, Councillor for the Environment, David Fernandez, the study coordinator, Antonio Soler, and María Dolores Olivo Mazarron, Murcia Consuelo, Daniel Moreno and Carlos Martinez, who have actively participated in wording dealing with topics such as hydrology, grass meadow and health.

Councilman Environment explained that "this study we became the first municipality in the region so that studies detailed the impact of global warming, following the recommendations of the UN and the international scientific community."

According to the mayor, "This study requested by the council, will help us to undertake an action plan to mitigate this impact therefore includes a series of recommendations that we believe are necessary to undertake to combat climate change."

In this sense, Antonio Soler spoke of different areas of study (7 in total) among which stressed "the sea level rise between 2 and 3 millimeters each year, further be increased salinity and temperature."

Soler warned that "2050 could lose between 15 and 20 meters in less than coast beaches, so it should work with Costas urban approach of the state to work backwards waterfront, so that the sea ​​does not affect infrastructure and housing. "

The coordinator said it would be important to inform the public that "could lose their homes, then have no complaints."

In the area of ​​fishing, "Climate change will affect sea currents. Such changes may contribute to increased capture of pelagic species, as has happened in recent years, although the opposite may also occur. Which has less to fish" announced Soler adding that "we must then consider other means of income for the fisheries sector, including fishing and less selective fishing."

He also stressed that priority is "to promote marine reserves as Cape Tiñoso safeguarding the seagrass meadows and put them into value through dive tourism and environmental awareness campaigns."

In Agriculture, Soler said "it will rain less and, when it happens, it will more intensely. Seasons without rain will be longer and, as the temperature will be higher, there will be less moisture in the soil and aridity occur ground. "

Therefore Soler recommended "adapt agricultural production and water stress this scenario," while also advocated undertake "energy savings plan, not only at the municipal level, city level but also to increasing capture and storage carbon through land management and vegetation. "

Meanwhile, geographers Carlos Martinez and Daniel Moreno have addressed the issue of hydrology, flood irrigation studying torrential rains wadi due to change in rainfall is causing climate change.

His research has focused on the boulevards of Pastrana, Villalba, mulberry, and Valdelentisco Lorentes.

After studying each basin and confirm the increase in cold drops, warned that "can cause erosion problems in the beds of streams and therefore instability for infrastructure such as bridges, as well as increased areas flooded with crop losses and waterlogging saturation Street sewer. "

Therefore "recommend to the Segura basin make a study of all the streams and the consistory include possible new flood zones in the next General Plan."

Murcia Consuelo spoke of ocean meadow.

"It plays a vital role in the quality of the coast and the sea life. In this regard, it is essential awareness of citizenship by creating an environmental volunteering and a monitoring committee."

Finally, María Dolores Olivo, who was in charge of the area of ​​Health, is focused on diseases that can attract climate change, divided into three distinct parts.

First you could produce high temperatures and severe burns.

Second, related to air pollution that affect skin and eyes, increased respiratory allergies and increased cancer.

And third, those related to the transmission of vectors and rodents that can reach out to people in and stay for climate change.

The Mayor of Mazarrón, Ginés Campillo, stressed that "in alarmist announcements from other studies, in this case this 'environmental audit' of the municipality gives us enough time to forecast these effects do not occur while."

The mayor thanked his studio pro great job with superb recommendations "and transfer them that" some of them and have in place as the 'Covenant of Mayors' or enhancement of our seabed. "

Source: Ayuntamiento de Mazarrón

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