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Europe is experiencing its worst drought in 500 years, according to an EU body.
According to a European Union (EU) body, Europe is currently experiencing its worst drought in at least 500 years, with over two-thirds of the continent under alert or warning.
According to the European Drought Observatory’s (EDO) August analysis report, a significant lack of soil moisture has put about 47% of Europe under warning conditions.
17 percent more nations are in a state of alert.
The report noted that as of early August, “the severe drought affecting many regions of Europe since the beginning of the year has been further expanding and worsening.” It also predicted that until November, the western Europe-Mediterranean region would likely experience warmer and drier-than-normal conditions.
It claimed that the drought had decreased food yields and affected inland commerce and electricity production.
If final figures at the conclusion of the season corroborate the preliminary estimate, the current drought appears to be the worst in at least 500 years, according to a statement from the European Commission.
Summer crops have been negatively impacted; grain maize yields in 2022 are projected to be 16% below the average of the preceding five years, and soybean and sunflower yields are projected to decline by 15% and 12%, respectively.
As a result of a lack of water to feed cooling systems, hydropower generation has also been negatively impacted, which has further implications for other power producers.
Lower shipping loads have restricted inland transportation along the Rhine and elsewhere, which has a negative impact on the transport of coal and oil.
European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, and Young People Mariya Gabriel said: “Water levels across the entire EU are under unprecedented stress as a result of a severe drought and heat waves. Currently, we are observing a wildfire season that is noticeably above average and has a significant effect on crop productivity. Undoubtedly, climate change is becoming more apparent every year.”
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