Brutal Heat Waves Fueled By Drought of Climate Change Lead To European Rivers At Historic Low
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Much of Europe has suffered through repeated heat-waves in recent weeks. And that’s hit economies hard, whether through reduced river-traffic, dried-up farm fields or destructive wildfires. It’s a taste of what warming temperatures could bring the continent in the years ahead. Southern Europe in particular is vulnerable to climate change. A map from the World Wildlife Fund shows the water scarcity risk across Europe over the next 30 years. According to the WWF, the number of Euoropeans living in regions of water scarcity will gradually increase. In Spain, Italy and elsewhere across the Mediterranean, that’s a problem. According to the WWF, the number of people living in water-scarce regions in Europe will increase by 50 percent by 2050. The threat of drought is likely to grow, along with its impact. That’s bad news for farmers. Here in Germany they are eyeing a poorer harvest than usual. High temperatures and low rain levels are only part of the problem, in the video published on Aug 22, 2022, “Europe’s farmers look to a future of long-term drought | DW Business“, below:
According to the European Commission, the current drought could be the worst “for at least 500 years.” Large swaths of the continent are now in a state of drought alert or drought warning. Rising temperatures and extreme heat have left countries around the world parched. From China to the United States and Mexico to Kenya, drought has taken hold, in the video published on Aug 23, 2022, “Disruption in water cycle threatens the Earth| DW News“, below:
Across Europe, rivers have sunk to historic lows because of brutal heat waves fueled by climate change. In Britain, conservationists are urging the government and water companies to take action to counter devastating droughts. Meanwhile, the source of the legendary River Thames has dried up and moved several miles downstream, further than it’s ever gone before. Malcolm Brabant reports, in the video published on Aug 22, 2022, “Conservationists urge action as the headwaters of the River Thames vanish“, below:
Around much of the Northern Hemisphere, from Hungary to Hawaii, from the drying Rhine River to the now-recovering Rio Grande, or from Casablanca to California, summer droughts and high temperatures are having a serious impact on everything from agriculture to the freight industry. A summer of record-breaking heat is drying up rivers across Europe. Around half the continent is facing an unprecedented drought. Shipping companies in Germany are preparing for the worst as the River Rhine drops to critical levels. Authorities say many vessels will be unable to navigate the key shipping route if the water drops much lower. Scientists warn climate change is leading to even more frequent periods of extreme heat and drought. Nearly 660,000 hectares of European land have already been destroyed by fires this year, according to EU data. The scale of the destruction this year would be the worst since records began in 2006. If 2022 follows a similar trajectory as 2017, Europe is on course to see more than a million hectares of land destroyed. In 2017, it reached 988,087. in the video published on Aug 16, 2022, “Record drought poses serious threat to Europes’s environment and critical infrastructure |DW News“, below:
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Record temperatures in Europe are leading to unprecedented droughts and wildfires across the continent. Ian Lee has more, in the video published on Aug 13, 2022, “Europe faces wildfires and extreme drought amid record heatwave“, below:
It has emerged that around two-thirds of Europe are now under a warning for a drought that looks likely to become the worst in 500 years, in the video published on Aug 12, 2022, “Two-Thirds of Europe Under Drought Warning as Heatwave Hits“, below:
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