European Drought Threatens Harvests From Sweden to the Czech Republic
For farmers in central and northern Europe, this summer’s unusually high temperatures aren’t just uncomfortable, they are putting their harvests at risk, The Guardian reported Friday.
The drought, caused by high temperatures and low rainfall since May 2018, is the worst in recent memory for the region, according to The Guardian.
“Older families around me are comparing this to 1976,” 25-year-old Dutch farmer Iris Bouwers told The Guardian. “My dad can’t remember any drought like this.”…
These pictures put northern Europe’s heatwave in perspective
Newly-released images from space have highlighted the effects of this month’s heatwave on parts of northern Europe.
Pictures released by the European Space Agency show how the higher-than-normal temperatures have left the earth brown.
They were taken from from a satellite funded by Copernicus, the EU’s earth observation programme.
One reveals how fields in Denmark have gone from a lush green this time last year to brown this month.
Another shows how vegetation in northern Germany, Denmark and Sweden has turned brown in just the last month.
It comes as Sweden battles an outbreak of wildfires amid the country’s driest weather in the May to mid-July period since records began…