Parts of the European Union could face three more months of warmer, drier conditions as Europe weathers a massive drought that has fueled forest fires, dried up rivers and destroyed crops. There is, warns in a report the Earth observation program of the bloc of 27 countries
The EU’s Copernicus Plan said in an August report that “warmer and drier-than-usual conditions are likely to occur in the western European-Mediterranean region in the coming months to November 2022, particularly in Spain and Portugal.” said.
Nearly half of the 27 EU countries have drought warnings, with the situation worsening in Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania and Spain. The report also notes that the risk of drought is increasing outside the EU in the UK, Serbia, Ukraine and Moldova.
Copernicus said a lack of rain and a series of heatwaves since May have led to dry conditions and lower river levels. It in turn has hit the energy sector, depriving hydroelectric and other power plants of their primary source of energy and coolant.
Water shortages and heat stress are also reducing crop yields in Europe, with maize, soybeans and sunflowers being hit hardest. Recent rainfall in August helped some areas, but crops in others were hit by thunderstorms.
The report comes as experts say it could be the continent’s worst drought in 500 years. Almost two months of almost no rainfall has been recorded, but it’s not just Europe. Drought conditions have also been reported in East Africa, the western United States, and northern Mexico.
The climate is a condition because higher temperatures accelerate evaporation, thirsty plants absorb more water, and less snowfall in winter limits the supply of fresh water available for irrigation in summer. is exacerbating
In Italy, authorities managing the Po River in the north have issued the highest level of drought severity alert for the country’s longest waterway. Dry conditions have already cost billions of euros to farmers who rely on irrigating their fields and rice paddies.
More than 100 municipalities in France have problems with water supply, and drinking water is delivered by truck. More than 60 of her departments in France are at the highest level of drought ‘crisis’. Supply in Andalusia and Extremadura regions of Spain is less than a third of what he normally would, the report said.
Low water levels in the Rhine River may force factories to cut production or stop altogether, warn Germany’s major industry lobby groups. Plunging river levels are also affecting Dutch coal and oil shipments.
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The Danube, Europe’s second-longest river, which stretches from the Black Sea in Germany to the Black Sea in eastern Romania, has plunged to one of the lowest levels recorded in the last 100 years.
Europe looks dry for another 3 months
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