A beautiful summer holiday turned into a nightmare after wildfires forced thousands to evacuate Greek islands – the latest reminder that Europe’s tourism industry must face the realities of climate change and adapt quickly.
Summers are getting more intense in southern Europe, and the fires in Greece are a grim repeat of the deadly fires that ravaged the country in 2021. This year’s unbearable heat forced the authorities to close the Acropolis and drove away tourists. Indoors on the Italian island of Sardinia. That’s just 1.2C of global warming from pre-industrial levels. Scientists say even if we hold the temperature rise to the 2C target of the Paris Agreement, it will only get worse.
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