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Europe is increasingly seeing the effects of global warming in more frequent extreme weather, changing ecosystems and rising economic and health costs, according to a European Environment Agency report.

Global warming’s greatest effects are being felt in Europe’s Mediterranean regions, with more heat waves, droughts and forest fires, declining crop yields and higher heat-related premature mortality, the report, published in January, said.

In addition, coastal areas and floodplains in western Europe are suffering more flooding, and Alpine regions are seeing shrinking glaciers, the upward migration of plants and animals, and reduced revenues from ski tourism because of decreasing snow cover and earlier melting of snow.

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