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Catastrophic drought that’s pushed millions into crisis made 100 times more likely by climate change, analysis finds

Without climate change, the continuous drought that has decimated the Horn of Africa and put more than 20 million people in severe food poverty would not have been feasible, according to a recent analysis. This area of East Africa, which is among the most impoverished parts of the globe, has been experiencing its worst drought […]

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Spain: Long-term drought to bring more heatwaves, widlfires

MADRID — Spain has formally entered a long-term drought due to the recent high temperatures and poor rainfall, and another year of heatwaves and forest fires is inevitable. Statistics revealed that Spain started a protracted drought at the end of 2022, and the first three months of 2023 don’t appear to be significantly different, according

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Very precarious’: Europe faces growing water crisis as winter drought worsens

Multiple governments warn of critical water shortages as heatwaves and lack of rain leave river systems depleted. The scenes are rare enough in mid-summer; in early March, they are unprecedented. Lac de Montbel in south-west France is more than 80% empty, the boats of the local sailing club stranded on its desiccated brown banks. In northern Italy, tourists

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Driest February in England since 1993 signals drought ahead, say experts

The government risks sleepwalking into drought, experts have said, after England experienced an extremely dry February with very little rain forecast for spring. Last year, most of England was plunged into drought conditions, with farmers struggling to plant and harvest crops, and hosepipe bans in action across the country. Water companies were preparing to take drastic action, including banning

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UN summit: Don’t repeat mistakes on nature, scientists warn

MOMBASA, Kenya — Scientists around the world are warning governments who will be gathering in Montreal this week for the United Nations biodiversity summit to not repeat past mistakes and are urging officials to “avoid trade-offs” between people and conservation needs in a report Monday. The study published in the One Earth Journal found that

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At the initiative of Senegal and Spain, leaders at COP27 launch an alliance to get ahead of future drought…

Sharm el-Sheikh, – At the initiative of the Presidents of Senegal, Macky Sall, and Spain, Pedro Sánchez, leaders from over 25 countries and 20 organizations today launched the International Drought Resilience Alliance to accelerate action and help countries to be better prepared for future droughts. In the declaration made in the margins of Sharm el-Sheikh

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Megadrought in the American south-west: a climate disaster unseen in 1,200 years

When the Nasa climatologist James Hansen testified before Congress in June 1988 about a warming planet, the temperature in Washington DC hit a record 100F. It was a summer of unprecedented heatwaves, and 40 states were grappling with drought. His warning was seen as a historic wake-up call – but instead of heeding the existential

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Drought and hunger in Somalia, Ethiopia and region: What to know

Millions of people in the Horn of Africa are facing food shortages due to the worst drought in 40 years and rising global food costs. The Horn of Africa region is on the brink of an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe, the United Nations and several aid organisations have said. Millions of people are facing food insecurity,

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African leaders blast European no-shows at climate adaptation summit

Presidents of Senegal, DRC and Ghana travelled to Rotterdam to talk about adapting to climate change. Only one European leader was there to meet them African leaders have criticised their European counterparts for missing a summit in Rotterdam on how Africa can adapt to climate change. While three African presidents flew to the Netherlands for

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Climate change compensation fight brews ahead of COP27 summit

BRUSSELS, – Tensions are mounting ahead of this year’s U.N. climate summit, as vulnerable countries ramp up demands for rich countries to pay compensation for losses inflicted on the world’s poorest people by climate change. When diplomats from nearly 200 countries meet on Nov. 7 in the beachside resort town of Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt,

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