Crop losses stemming from heat waves and drought have tripled in the last 50 years in Europe, a study highlighting the vulnerability of food systems to climate change revealed. Research published recently in the journal Environmental Research Letters, looked at agricultural production in 28 European countries – the current European Union and United Kingdom – from 1961 to 2018.
At a time when the water level in rivers is receding at a rapid pace, the prevailing arid climatic conditions across Himachal Pradesh have caused extensive damage to crops. In March, the hill-state recorded a cumulative rain deficit of around 62% and the dry spell is expected to continue into the first week of April.
As experts meet online for the Future Directions of Subseasonal to Seasonal Predication over South Asia, researchers from the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology and the International Water Management Institute discuss the potential of subseasonal weather forecasting – and the important role it can play to optimize agricultural production and help reduce farmer vulnerability to climate-related disasters.
The impact of heatwaves and droughts on crop production in Europe has approximately tripled in the past 50 years, research suggests. A study has found that, across 28 European countries, the average impact of a heatwave or drought disaster on crop production was three times greater in the period 1991-2015 compared with 1964-1990.
Despite floods in northern parts of South Africa, growers to the south are dealing with an unprecedented crisis. One of the Eastern Cape’s largest dams, Kouga which supplies irrigation water to the fertile Gamtoos valley, looks set to run dry for the first time ever. The dam is just over 6% full, and the lowest release level of the dam is about 3%.
A new study predicts an increase in the frequency of flash droughts in India towards the end of this century. Intraseasonal variability of the summer monsoon rainfall and anthropogenic warming have been found to amplify the risk of future flash droughts and this can have negative impacts on crop production, irrigation demands, and groundwater abstraction in India, according to the study.
Gov. David Ige issued an emergency proclamation Friday declaring the County of Maui, which has suffered under drought conditions since March 2019, a disaster area. The proclamation enables the state to provide relief from disaster damages, losses, suffering caused by the disaster, and to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people.