Europe's driest summer in 500 years threatens crops, energy production

Monday, August 22, 2022
Historic heatwaves and what the European Commission Joint Research Centre has warned could be the worst drought in 500 years are devastating agriculture across Europe and having major consequences on the energy sector, including hydropower generation and power plant cooling systems. Large parts of Europe are under “warning” or “alert” drought levels, according to the European Drought Observatory, indicating a severe lack of moisture in the soil and heat stress on crops. The drought has reached a critical point in countries including France, Italy and Portugal, following a drier winter/spring and early summer heatwaves.
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