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Kuwait: Alarm as Gulf waters warm three times faster than average

Source:  Copyright 2009, The National
Date:  December 23, 2009
Byline:  James Calderwood
Original URL: Status ONLINE

The seawater temperature in Kuwait Bay has been increasing at three times the global average rate since 1985, putting local fish stocks under pressure, a study by a researcher at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, England has found.

Thamer al Rashidi, 38, who carried out the four-year study for his doctorate in physical oceanography, said the temperature in Kuwait Bay is rising at an average rate of 0.62°C every decade. The intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates the world average to be around one third of that figure.

Although the study focused on Kuwait Bay, the body of water to the north of Kuwait City, temperatures in the rest of the Gulf are also increasing at an alarming rate.

Mr al Rashidi said: “Temperature in the Arabian Gulf is increasing at 0.52°C per decade, and if you go closer to the shoreline, you will find it’s higher.”

He said the sea around Dubai and Abu Dhabi will most likely have ...

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