From the U.S. to Europe to China, unprecedented droughts that are currently wreaking havoc in much of the Northern Hemisphere are making people suffer, threatening crop production and damaging the already vulnerable economic recovery due to the pandemic.
Europe is experiencing its worst drought in at least 500 years, with almost two-thirds of the continent in a state of alert or warning, a European Union (EU) agency said on Tuesday.
The historic drought is propelling what experts predict a record year of wildfire destruction, as data from the European Forest Information System(Effis) shows that an area equivalent to one-fifth of Belgium has been ravaged by flames this year. Rivers across the continent are drying up, threatening cargo shipment.
In Germany, factories may have to throttle production or halt it completely because plunging water levels on the Rhine River are making it harder to transport cargo.
The scenario across the Atlantic is pretty much the same. U.S. Drought Monitor, a map released every Thursday to show the location and intensity of drought across the country, puts vast areas of the Western, Southwestern and Central U.S. in dark red and bright red, representing exceptional drought and extreme drought.
Around 50 percent of the country was experiencing some form of drought, and a combination of elevated temperatures and low precipitation means that more than half of the U.S. has seen these conditions for more than four weeks in a row, CNN reported in early August.
China is battling record-breaking droughts in its southern regions, too. Poyang Lake, China’s largest freshwater lake, has been reduced to a quarter of its usual size due to less rainfall and high temperature, forcing people to dig trenches to keep water flowing to one of the country’s key rice-growing regions.
High temperatures have sparked mountain fires that have forced the evacuation of 1,500 people in the southwest, and factories have been ordered to cut production as hydroelectric plants reduce their output amid drought conditions. The extreme heat and drought have wilted crops and shrunk rivers including the giant Yangtze, disrupting cargo traffic.
Many experts and government officials have blamed climate change for the severity of this year’s droughts. Scientists believe that warmer temperature enhances evaporation, which reduces surface water and dries out soils and vegetation. Meanwhile, warmer weather also increases the demand of water for both daily life and irrigation purposes.
Earlier this year, the UN warned in a report that the frequency and duration of droughts will continue to increase due to human-caused climate change, with water scarcity already affecting billions of people across the world. It estimates that roughly one third of the world’s population – 2.3 billion people – is already facing water scarcity, with that number expected to double by 2050.
The UN environment agency warns that drought and desertification are quickly becoming the new normal everywhere – from the U.S. to Europe and Africa.
(All images via VCG, with input from AP and Reuters)
Published By Odoh Dominic Chukwuemeka
You can Like, Share or comment on this article.
Your support matters.
Sustain independent journalism.
FOR ADVERT PLACEMENT CALL OR TEXT OUR WHATSAPP NUMBER; +886960917723, +886970840314
Click to Follow our website Dco-global-news.com
FaceBook Page; DCO Global News
DCO Global News Contacts;
For information on Press Releases, News, Advertisements, Videos, Photos, Events happenings, Promotional Events and Adverts, Share your stories with us, Please Call or Send a Text to our Whatsapp number; +886963563485, +886970840314.
Or send an email to; email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
(Like and Follow our Facebook Page; DCO Global News)
(Follow us on Twitter; @Dcoglobalnews)
(Follow us on LinkedIn; Dco Global News)
(Follow us on Tumblr; Dcoglobalnews)
(Follow us on Google +; Dco Global News TV)
(Subscribe to our YouTube Channel; DCO Global News TV)
Subscribe to our Telegram Channel DCO Global News.
Follow our Website http www. dco-global-news.com
Advertise with us.
Send us enquiries, Press releases.
DCO Global News Promotes the Values of Democracy, Human Rights, Values of Life and Freedom of Expression in a Region Where Genuine Media Freedom Remains Elusive and where many Media outlets remain Divided along Ethnic Lines.
Let’s 🚶 Walk the 🚶 Walk 🚶 Together.
Don’t miss a thing, get the latest updates to fuel your conversation daily.
For 2022, DCO Global News commit to another year of high-impact reporting that can counter misinformation and offer an authoritative, trustworthy source of news for everyone. With no shareholders or political owner, we set our own agenda and provide truth-seeking journalism that’s free from commercial and political influence. When it’s never mattered more, we can investigate and challenge without fear or favour.
(Support DCO Global News.)
LET’S HAVE YOUR SAY, LET’S KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS.
LIKE, SHARE AND COMMENT.
TEXT AD: To advertise here.
Call Dominic +886970840314…
© DGN NEWS MEDIA 2022.
All Rights Reserved.