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The new normal? How Europe is hit by climate-induced drought crisis – Potato News Today

Europe’s worst drought in decades is hitting homes, factories, farmers and freight across the continent as experts warn that drier winters and hotter summers caused by global warming mean water shortages are likely to become “a new normal phenomenon”, since John Henley and Guardian correspondents report in this news article.

The EU European Drought Observatory estimated that by mid-July, 45% of the bloc was under a drought warning and 15% had already been declared a red alert, prompting The European Commission warns of a “critical” situation in several regions.

Conditions have worsened since repeated heat waves rolling across the continent. U FrancePrime Minister Elizabeth Bourne last week activated a crisis block to combat the drought Météo-France called the country’s worst drought since records began in 1958.

Spain water reserves are at an all-time low of 40%. This year is also set to be the hottest and driest ever recorded in Italy. Drought struck German waterways seriously. The Netherlands announced an official water shortage last week. In the neighboring ones Belgiummeanwhile, forecasters are reporting the driest July since 1885.

Source: Guardian. Reporting by Stephen Burgen in Barcelona, ​​Angela Giuffrida in Rome, Philip Oltermann in Berlin and Jennifer Rankin in Brussels. Read the full story and watch the video here
photo: A drone photo shows the dried-up bed of the Po River between Parma and Reggio Emilia, Italy, in mid-July. Photo credit: Andrea Fasani/EPA

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