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As temperatures rise and rain and snow melt become less, droughts become more common. This is not only a problem in regions of the Global South, but also in industrialized economies in Europe and North America.
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. Below is a automatically generated collection of articles, videos and galleries related to drought.
DW’s Brent Goff talks to US-based glaciologist Chad Greene on “The Day” about what melting polar ice and Europe’s drought say about climate change. Greene says people are already seeing the effects of a warming planet, but adds we still have choice about the severity of climate change.
As Western Europe battles through the ongoing drought, water levels in Germany's most important waterway, the Rhine River, could drop even further next week. The drought is causing huge disruption, with potentially massive consequences for the economy.
About 60% of the EU and the UK has been affected by drought, according to the European Drought Observatory. Record-breaking heat waves linked to climate change have dried up rivers across the continent and sent water reserves plummeting to historic lows.
Raging fires and devastating droughts: Many countries around the world have been suffering the effects of climate change for years. But regions not known for extreme climate phenomena are affected as well — such as the German state of Brandenburg.