Water is life - and when it's gone, the thirst comes.
Times with less water, or droughts, have always been a natural part of weather around the planet. But climate change has been linked with more frequent, more severe and longer dry spells. Especially in more arid regions of the developing world, drought often causes crop losses or lower yields, which threatens food security there. Drought is also increasingly becoming a problem for hydropower, or generation of electricity with water. In addition, drought is linked with stronger and more intense wildfire, and even with political instability.
Rising temperatures, drought and increasingly intense storms are changing forests around the world. Researchers in central Germany have set up a special arboretum to study how different species of trees are affected by climate change, and how they can become more resistant to it.
Climate change is leading to an increase in drought and desertification in many parts of the world. Meanwhile, as the global population increases, so does the demand for drinking water. Around 2.2 billion people already have no access to clean water.
Droughts have been affecting large parts of Europe over the past couple years, including Germany. DW's Louise Osborne has been reporting on these conditions and what they means for the continents’ farmers. It seems the jet stream is also be playing a large role in annual weather patterns.
Poland has seen extreme drought become their ‘new normal’ for years now. Already this year, there are signs of a poor harvest season ahead. But because of the novel coronavirus, aid for drought-afflicted farmers could be significantly lower this year. The country has also recently seen drought-induced fires in their largest national park.
Today on the show we examine personal choice in relation to CO2 emissions and other environmental issues. What changes have we made in our homes and lives to reduce our impacts on the Earth? And how much do these decisions actually matter amidst the global realities of climate change?