Drought and heat: How is climate change hitting Europe?
17 July 2022 | 5:44 am
Lots of sun, little rain: Europe is grappling with another summer of record temperatures and low water levels. Countries like Italy are struggling to fight climate change, and keep the cost of food and energy down.
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Many farmers in the north are on the brink of financial ruin as the region suffers from the worst drought in 70 years. Italy's so-called "golden rice triangle" accounts for half of Europe's rice production. DW's Max Zander reports.
Much of Europe and the Northern Hemisphere is battling either wildfires, low water levels, harvest warnings, water use restrictions or a mixture of all these. DW rounds up the situation.
As German cities heat up, the federal government has announced plans to increase the number of public drinking fountains to help ease the impact of the changing climate. The plan also has other environmental benefits.
Unprecedented drought levels in the Yangtze River have increased pressure on hydroelectric power plants, which supply energy to key economic zones of the country.
As many as 40 million children are "one disease" from catastrophe as the Horn of Africa and Sahel experience the worst drought in four decades, according to UNICEF.
Following several weeks of power cuts that hit large industrial producers, power has started to return to normal. A record-breaking heat wave and drought are to blame for the crisis.
The Rhine is dwindling down to a trickle, devastating Germany's environment and economy. Large parts of the country have seen hardly any rain this summer. Germany's longest river has less water than ever before.
A technique to induce rain is helping to fight drought in Niger. Farmers seem satisfied, but flooding in some parts of the country caused material damage and even loss of lives.
Families in parts of Somalia affected by conflict are receiving cash donations to help them cope as the country battles drought and rising inflation. This emergency relief is the first in a series of monthly payments to support people pushed out of their homes by the severe drought.
India is experiencing a record heatwave in many parts of the country, which experts say is linked to climate change. DW’s Manira Chaudhary visits an agricultural belt in the state of Maharashtra which has been particularly hard hit.
Plants struggle to produce nectar and pollen during heatwaves, limiting the pollinating power of bees or butterflies. Researchers are finding ways for agriculture to adjust to a hotter world.
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