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Europe’s drought the worst in 500 years – report

Two-thirds of Europe is under some sort of drought warning, in what is likely the worst such event in 500 years

The latest report from the Global Drought Observatory says 47% of the continent is in “warning” conditions, meaning soil has dried up.

  • BBC

Another 17% is on alert – meaning vegetation “shows signs of stress”.

The report warns that the dry spell will hit crop yields, spark wildfires, and may last several months more in some of Europe’s southern regions.

Compared with the average of the previous five years, EU forecasts for harvest are down 16% for grain maize, 15% for soybeans and…

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