Greece to face water shortages in coming decades, report shows

Greece and other countries of Southern Europe, as well as Turkey, are seen facing increased water shortages over the next 30 years, according to a report this month by the European Commission's Joint Research Center (JRC).

The report examines a roughly 30-year period (2026-2055) around the time when global warming is expected to result in a rise of 2 degrees Celsius worlwide, assessing the impact of climate change if Europe meets the targets of the Paris climate agreement of December 2015.

JRC says significant reductions in groundwater recharge are expected in Greece, Spain and Portugal, which will have a widespread effect.

"Increasing droughts will lead to water scarcity and reduced hydropower resources in the Mediterranean region. This is likely to have knock-on effects on agriculture, energy, transport and food security," according to the report.

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