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It could be that the Sahara Desert is just moving north and bringing the relatively green, jungle equatorial African region north with it. The climate models I have seen predicts the Sahara Desert cross the the Med and expanding into southern Europe.
by Magnifico on Wed Sep 2nd, 2009 at 12:30:29 PM EST
Here's one example of what I'm talking about. Here's a story from 2006 --

DW-World: Spain Fights Back on Europe's Desertification Front Line

Officials on the Iberian Peninsula are leading Europe's charge in the fight against global warming and are pulling out all the stops to get people to save water in a region increasingly under threat.

The desert is on the march in Spain. Around 6 percent of the Iberian Peninsula has been lost to the wilderness forever, and a third of all arable land is seriously threatened. One of the worst affected regions is the southern Spanish province of Malaga, which is losing two centimeters (almost one inch) of valuable land every year. What is happening in Malaga could be the fate of much of Spain and other parts of southern Europe if desertification is not arrested.

The changes aren't solely  due to climate change, but it is having an impact

by Magnifico on Wed Sep 2nd, 2009 at 12:47:28 PM EST
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