Thames frozen after 57 years

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Thames frozen after 57 years

Thames frozen after 57 years. London: temperatures drop to -15 degrees and freeze the Thames, in London, it freezes after 57 years due to the Siberian cold. Temperatures dropped below 7 degrees overnight, but the real effect was minus 15 degrees, due to the freezing wind.

The show had not happened since 1963. It is an event resulting from the climate change that has been transforming the planet for half a century now. Once the Thames ice was the norm: between the seventh century and the beginning of the nineteenth century, the river froze almost every winter and the people of London organize the Frost Fairs.

You could walk across the Thames from one bank to the other without the need for bridges. After the advent of the industrial revolution, the river froze less and less and now it hadn't happened for over half a century, and only after an extreme disturbance.

The health of Mediterranean animals would be at risk

Many problems of the Mediterranean Sea derive from the fact that it is a closed basin, but in the first place there is obviously pollution and rising temperatures, even if the latter two are not the only ecological and environmental risk factors.

The species that populate the Mediterranean are subject to such a strong polluting pressure that in some cases they are more contaminated than the species that live in the Atlantic Ocean, a fact to think about carefully.

With regard to the health of species in the Mediterranean, it is difficult to give an assessment of an alleged improvement or deterioration over time, not having available past data on the entire basin. The Mediterranean fauna also suffers from problems such as involuntary catches in fishing gear and collisions with boats.

The whale, due to its swimming pattern on the surface, collides with fast boats. Experts said: "As several studies testify, to prevent this risk it would be sufficient to reduce the speed of the ferries. This would reduce mortality and limit the incidence of collisions with marine animal species.

In this way, in fact, the animals would have more time to avoid confrontation." Bycatch is a direct cause of mortality for mammals that become entangled in nets and die of suffocation, such as the sperm whale, which is becoming extinct in the Mediterranean.

The species has been decimated over the years, a victim of very large pelagic nets made up of large meshes, usually used in the lower Tyrrhenian Sea, between Sicily, Calabria and Sardinia to catch swordfish. Cases of accidental capture have also been detected this year, which the coast guard has tried to resolve off the Aeolian Islands.

Furthermore, plastic pollution is a problem that is affecting fish, mammals, turtles and birds, which more and more often die trapped in waste or from having ingested large quantities of plastic and microplastics.