European agriculture hit hard by climate change and drought – Potato News Today

As Europe suffers an extreme drought exacerbated by climate change that has dried up rivers and left millions suffocating in triple-digit heat this summer, farmers across the continent are issuing warnings about the losses of crops, as Melissa Rossi reports for Yahoo News.

This summer, Europe is breaking all sorts of records, from high temperatures to low rainfall. Nearly two-thirds of the territory of the 27 countries of the European Union are either facing drought or about to enter it.

The European Drought Observatory said this week that 47% of EU territory was on alert while 17% was “on alert”, meaning vegetation is stressed due to lack of water. water. The countries most affected — France, Spain and Italy, as well as Germany — are those which produce the bulk of European food, which means that the prices of European products commodities are sure to soar this fall and winter.

Climate expert Jorge Olcina, a professor of regional geographic analysis at Spain’s University of Alicante, told Yahoo News that what’s happening in Europe is “further evidence of the process of global warming” – and it’s expect this to continue. “The trend is clear. We have not succeeded in reducing the level of greenhouse gases that we release into the earth’s atmosphere and the warming process continues its unstoppable process.

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Photo: One of the rice fields has dried up and can no longer be cultivated in Vespolate, Italy. (Davide Bertuccio for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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