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In Frames | Europe’s bitter summer time

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First the forest hearth and now the drought. A continent recognized for its bitter winter is now reeling beneath a harsh summer time, a far take away from the temperate climate throughout the season when all of Europe was once out beneath the solar within the earlier years. The scorching warmth has fuelled forest fires, dried up rivers and devastated crops, the 27-nation bloc’s earth remark programme warns in a report.

“Hotter and drier than traditional circumstances are more likely to happen within the western Euro-Mediterranean area within the coming months until November 2022,” notably in Spain and Portugal, the EU’s Copernicus programme stated in a report for the month of August. The report comes amid what consultants say might be the continent’s worst drought in 500 years.

Nearly half of the 27-nation EU is beneath drought warning, with circumstances worsening in Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Eire, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, and Spain.

The report additionally famous rising drought hazards outdoors the EU, in Britain, Serbia, Ukraine and Moldova.

Copernicus stated {that a} scarcity of rain and a sequence of heatwaves since Could has led to the dry circumstances and decrease river ranges.

That in flip has hit the vitality sector, depriving hydroelectric and different energy vegetation of their prime supply of vitality and cooling liquid.

Water shortages and warmth stress are additionally lowering European crop yields, with maize, soybean, and sunflower hardest hit.

By- The Hindu

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