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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Effects of Climate Change in Tenerife

The Island Water Council, in collaboration with the Canarian Water Foundation, have organized two open days to analyse the effects of climate change and hydrology in Spanish territory and on the Canary Islands. The sessions will be held on December 1st and 2nd in the Auditorio de Tenerife in Santa Cruz.

Underlining that the sessions are happening in the same week as the passage of Tropical Storm Delta that has caused important damages on the island, advisor of Waters and Agriculture, Jose Joaquin Bethencourt, indicates that the open days "aim to respond to some of the questions raised on the effects of climatic change in our hydrology or the magnitudes of their impact on an insular territory."

Similarly, the unusual rains this past summer and their negative effects on agriculture, not forgetting heatwaves of recent years, or the whirlwind of March 31, 2002 that claimed the lives of eight people, as well as causing severe damages in several points of the capital. All of these abnormal circumstances show that our experience of climate change is not the same as in the rest of the world.

El Consejo Insular de Aguas analiza los efectos del cambio climático y la hidrología de Tenerife