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Europe’s severe drought is ‘worsening’, EU researchers warn

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The severe drought across Europe is “worsening”, with rain helping some areas while the accompanying thunderstorms are causing their own damage, EU researchers reported yesterday. said in
The latest monthly analysis by the European Union’s Global Drought Observatory (GDO) highlighted the risk of continued soil drying caused by successive heatwaves and a “persistent lack of rainfall” since May.
Upholding the warnings issued in previous reports that nearly half of the EU is at risk of drought, shrinking rivers and shrinking water sources will affect energy generation at power plants and reduce crops. pointed out that
“The severe drought that has affected much of Europe since the beginning of the year has escalated and worsened as of early August,” said a report published by the European Commission’s Collaborative Research Centre. increase.
Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Romania, Hungary, and most of the non-EU countries UK, Serbia, Ukraine and Moldova are projected to face an increased ‘drought risk’. I was.
Overall, 17% of Europe is now calculated to be on alert, up from 11% in July.
“Recent rainfall (mid-August) may have eased drought in some parts of Europe. may have limited its effective effect.”
The EU’s Mediterranean region is expected to be “warmer and drier than usual” through November, it said.
Areas that have experienced “abnormal” rainfall over the past three months include Portugal, Spain, southern France, central Italy, Switzerland, southern Germany, and most of Ukraine.
The GDO reports that parts of Europe will likely see normal rainfall from August to October, but “may not be enough to fully recover from the deficit accumulated over more than half a year.” … apparently …
Parts of Spain, Portugal and Croatia may continue to experience ‘drier-than-usual weather conditions’, but dryness in the Alps may ease.
Atmospheric conditions associated with the heatwave that would scorch Europe reached their highest levels since 1950 in May, June and July, according to the report.
Russian authorities announced yesterday that raging forest fires were intensifying in southern Moscow.
Since early August, fires have raged in the Ryazan region, about 200 kilometers southeast of Moscow, and authorities are working to extinguish them.
Acting governor of the region Pavel Markov said a state of emergency had been declared and residents of two settlements, Orgino and Golovanovo, had been ordered to evacuate.
“The area covered by fire continues to expand slowly. Today we are looking at about 8,000 to 9,000 hectares, according to the Air Forestry Service,” he said, describing the situation as “tense.” ” was expressed.
Temperatures are expected to soar to 32 degrees Celsius (91 degrees Fahrenheit) this week in Moscow.
The Russian capital hit a record high of 38.2C (100.8F) in 2010 when massive forest fires blanketed the city in a thick layer of smog.
In recent years, extreme heat caused by climate change has exacerbated wildfires in Russia.
Environmentalists fear that fires and high temperatures will melt Siberia’s permafrost and peatlands, releasing carbon stored in the frozen tundra.
The Spanish government announced yesterday that it would classify areas hit by this year’s large-scale wildfires as disaster areas and launch emergency subsidies and other financial support measures.
So far, Spain has suffered about 400 wildfires after a devastating heat wave and prolonged drought devastated more than 287,000 hectares of land, according to the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS).
This is more than three times the total area destroyed in 2021, according to the EFFIS database.
Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said the cabinet would approve classifying “all areas devastated by the heavy fires we have endured throughout the year” as disaster areas.
A study published last month in the journal Nature Geoscience found that parts of Spain are the driest in the last 1,000 years due to atmospheric pressure systems caused by climate change.
After suffering a third heat wave after weeks of wildfires, Portugal issued a 24-hour national alert yesterday to combat the threat of further fires.
Under that measure, authorities restricted access to forests, banned fireworks displays and increased the readiness of emergency services.
Firefighters are working on another blaze in north-central Vilareal, civil protection officials who just put out a fire that destroyed more than 69,000 acres (28,000 hectares) of El Estrela National Park said.



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