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‘The New Normal’: How Europe is Being Hit by a Climate-Driven Drought Crisis

By Jon Henley

08 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

The Guardian provides a grim analysis of how Europe’s worst drought in decades, now ongoing, is just a taste of what is to come as the continent faces a future of water shortages.

Europe’s most severe drought in decades is hitting homes, factories, farmers and freight across the continent, as experts warn drier winters and searing summers fuelled by global heating mean water shortages will become “the new normal”.

The EU European Drought Observatory has calculated that 45% of the bloc’s territory was under drought warning by mid-July, with 15% already on red alert, prompting the European Commission to warn of a “critical” situation in multiple regions.

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