The Mediterranean cauldron at the time of COP26

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The Cop26 kicks off on November 1, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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By: Frédérique Lebel

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As the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference kicks off in Glasgow, Accents d'Europe is looking south.

Hurricane, fires, drought, rise in sea level, pollution, we can no longer count the evils from which the rim of the Mediterranean suffers.

A cauldron that takes the full force of warming. 


In south-eastern Spain, in Murcia, the Minor Sea

, one of the largest saltwater lagoons in Europe,

is turning into a Dead Sea

. Last summer (2021) tons of dead fish washed up on its beaches. Asphyxiated by too polluted water ... By nitrates from agriculture, by tourist pressure and by the warming of the water. On the spot, the company is mobilized, but the public authorities are slow to intervene. This is the report by

Diane Cambon




experienced one of its worst heatwaves last summer.

The fires destroyed 100,000 hectares of forests and farmland.

However, the rise in temperatures also affects the marine space.

Which also causes 

tropical storms


Explanations from Athens by

Joël Bronner


At the start of last month,


finally ratified the Paris climate accords, the first international treaty that aims to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.

But, from words to deeds, the road will be long.

According to a parliamentary report, the country is still far from having realized the expected changes.

In Istanbul, Anne Andlauer


Images of forest fires

in Greece, Turkey, Siberia or France are now among the disasters expected every summer.

But, according to forecasts by the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, these episodes will become more and more frequent.

How to fight against these disasters is the

report in Marseille in the middle of the Mistral by Alice Rouja


And while the world's leaders are eagerly awaited in Glasgow to find solutions that keep global warming close to one degree, what role can 

Europe play, can it be a driving force with the launch of its green pact?

This is the question Juliette Rengeval asked Pierre Charbonnier, philosopher, who has just written Abondance et Liberté, an environmental history of political ideas, published by La Découverte.  

Pierre Charbonnier, who you can listen to at length on the

Carrefour de l'Europe program

, every Sunday at 6.10 p.m. UT, and of course as a podcast on the RFI site. 



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