EDITORIAL | THE GREEN CONTINENT
The European climate ranges from snowy Scandinavia to the Alps in Central Europe and warm temperatures of the Mediterranean Sea. All European ecosystems have one thing in common, though: they're under severe pressure as a result of climate change and human development.
This month’s issue showcases personal stories about the nature we grew up with or have come to love, our relationship to nature, and the effects of climate change on our social, political and natural environment. These stories highlight the problems we face and the solutions we can embrace. Europe may not particularly stand out as a “green continent”. But it may well become one, and its future is in our hands.
Our changing climate is already forcing people to migrate to Europe, while European ecosystems are also starting to suffer. Because of desertification, the producers of Game of Thrones are now able to film desert scenes in Spain; villages in Spitsbergen suffer from a growing number of avalanches and rapidly melting ice caps; and this year in Sweden it snowed in early May, after people had already officially welcomed Spring with the traditional songs and bonfires.