Kostas Koumis, the Cypriot Deputy Minister of Tourism, has called for practical climate change strategies to be integrated into Mediterranean tourism during the recent ‘Mediterranean Tourism Forum Minister’s Summit’ in Valletta, Malta. Koumis emphasized the need for digital transformation, extending the tourist season, and fostering collaboration among Mediterranean countries to manage the challenges of climate change and sustainable tourism.
Raif Ilker Buran, the chief of the northern sector’s meteorological department, was sacked after predicting a year of semiarid conditions leading to potential regional droughts. His dismissal was reportedly influenced by the negative reaction from the agriculture ministry, sparking debates on climate change policy and scientific expression.
Pope Francis’ attendance at the COP28 climate conference in Dubai is historic, marking the first time a pope participates in the U.N. climate meeting since its inception. His presence underscores the Vatican’s commitment to environmental advocacy and highlights the critical role religious leadership plays in the global dialogue on climate change action.