The EU watchdog is concerned
Europe is experiencing its worst drought in 500 years
08/24/2022, 11:25 am
The EU Commission is warning: almost half of Europe is threatened by drought. Areas that already complain of drought in spring face further climatic hardships in August. According to a report from Brussels, no progress was made in the autumn.
According to EU experts, the current drought in Europe could be the worst for half a millennium. “The drought is the worst it has been in at least 500 years,” said a spokesman for the European Commission in Brussels. This is the first Evaluation by the European Drought LaboratoryThis is yet to be confirmed by the final dates of the season.
In one The report was released on Monday Researchers found that almost half of Europe is at risk of drought. As of August 10, 47 percent of Europe’s land area is under drought warning. Additionally, the condition is already dangerous in 17 percent of the area. The drought has had a severe negative impact on summer crop harvests, with corn, soybeans and sunflowers hit hardest. The European Drought Observatory (EDO) is an agency of the European Commission.
The severe drought that has affected much of Europe since the start of the year has continued to spread and worsen since early August, the report said. This is associated with a persistent lack of rainfall coupled with persistent heat waves since May. This also affects the flow of rivers. The limited amount of water stored in both hydropower generation and power plant cooling systems has serious implications for the energy sector.
A Mediterranean region without rain until mid-November
In particular, drought risk has increased in Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Romania, Hungary, Northern Serbia, Ukraine, Moldova, Ireland and the UK. In the spring of 2022 conditions have worsened in parts of northern Italy, southeastern France and parts of Hungary and Romania already affected by drought. November will be warmer and drier than usual, especially in the western Euro-Mediterranean region.
Experts said recent rainfall may have eased drought in parts of Europe. However, in some areas, associated thunderstorms may have caused damage and loss of life, which again may have limited the beneficial effects of rainfall.
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