Experts Warn Europe's Drought Could be Worst In 500 Years

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Europe’s dry period is expected to continue in what experts say could be the worst drought in 500 years

Europe’s dry period is expected to continue in what experts say could be the worst drought in 500 years

An unprecedented drought is afflicting nearly half of the European continent, damaging farm economies and causing wildfires

August 12, 2022 11:02 AM EDTand threatening aquatic species.And Europe’s dry period is expected to continue in what experts say could be the worst drought in 500 years.Climate Change is a Moral Crisis. But Our Political System Doesn’t Treat It That Way

Without rain, the river “will continue to empty. And yes, all fish will die. … They are trapped upstream and downstream, there’s no water coming in, so the oxygen level will keep decreasing as the (water) volume goes down,” Couasné said. “These are species that will gradually disappear.”

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😬😬🤦🏼‍♂️ 'Could' = BS Well, if there was a bad drought 500 years ago, it indicates there’s nothing new or unusual about “climate change”. Check again in mid September....!!!!!!! So bad

Geographic distribution of the V1016G knockdown resistance mutation in Aedes albopictus: a warning bell for Europe - Parasites & VectorsBackground Colonization of large part of Europe by the Asian tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus is causing autochthonous transmission of chikungunya and dengue exotic arboviruses. While pyrethroids are recommended only to reduce/limit transmission, they are widely implemented to reduce biting nuisance and to control agricultural pests, increasing the risk of insurgence of resistance mechanisms. Worryingly, pyrethroid resistance (with mortality | 70%) was recently reported in Ae. albopictus populations from Italy and Spain and associated with the V1016G point mutation in the voltage-sensitive sodium channel gene conferring knockdown resistance (kdr). Genotyping pyrethroid resistance-associated kdr mutations in field mosquito samples represents a powerful approach to detect early signs of resistance without the need for carrying out phenotypic bioassays which require availability of live mosquitoes, dedicated facilities and appropriate expertise. Methods Here we report results on the PCR-genotyping of the V1016G mutation in 2530 Ae. albopictus specimens from 69 sampling sites in 19 European countries. Results The mutation was identified in 12 sites from nine countries (with allele frequencies ranging from 1 to 8%), mostly distributed in two geographical clusters. The western cluster includes Mediterranean coastal sites from Italy, France and Malta as well as single sites from both Spain and Switzerland. The eastern cluster includes sites on both sides of the Black Sea in Bulgaria, Turkey and Georgia as well as one site from Romania. These results are consistent with genomic data showing high connectivity and close genetic relationship among West European populations and a major barrier to gene flow between West European and Balkan populations. Conclusions The results of this first effort to map kdr mutations in Ae. albopictus on a continental scale show a widespread presence of the V1016G allele in Europe, although at lower frequencies than those previously reported from

Drought set to be declared in England today with temperatures reaching 35°CAn official drought is set to be declared for some regions in England today. This is how your heatwave was created:

'Every day it doesn't rain, the pressure mounts'The heatwave will make conditions on England's farms worse as experts warn of smaller harvests. 'we're running out of water!!!' Yeah,thousands years of PERCOLATION say otherwise. This is PARTIAL but it's interesting when you overlay the map of the LAND USE with urban areas as you can clearly see how those BEFORE you KNEW where to get WATER. BS !!!

Drought latest: Warning of wildfires risk as drought hits parts of England - BBC NewsThe Met Office says the risk of fires spreading will be 'exceptional' this weekend in large parts of England and Wales. That's taking them some time. it's been obvious to a lot of us already UK babrz!! ATTENTION: SuperFreakyGirl needs 85 more sales to reach 1 on your iTunes chart. Please buy!! This is how your heatwave is created:

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Otters, kingfishers and salmon under threat as UK rivers fall to lowest ever levels in drought💧 Otters, kingfishers and salmon under threat as UK rivers fall to lowest ever levels in drought 🔴 Experts warn of disaster for wildlife, with just 8% of rivers at ‘normal’ levels and reservoirs emptying out

Drought Hits Nearly Half of Europe.mutations in major mosquito vector species such as Ae.20 Shares It is expected to be announced for the most affected areas in the south and east (Picture: Rex/PA) An official drought is set to be declared for some regions in England today, with temperatures of 35C°C making the country hotter than parts of the Caribbean.Image caption, David Barton says it's been a dry winter, spring and summer on his farm David Barton's fields on his farm in Gloucestershire should be green and full of grazing cattle.

Experts Warn It Could be the Worst In 500 Years Drought Hits Nearly Half of Europe. Experts Warn It Could be the Worst In 500 Years By Sylvie Corbet and Nicolas Garriga/AP August 12, 2022 11:02 AM EDT (LUX, France) — Once, a river ran through it. The present study represents the first effort to map the V1016G kdr Ae. Now, white dust and thousands of dead fish cover the wide trench that winds amid rows of trees in France’s Burgundy region in what was the Tille River in the village of Lux. Experts warned the conditions could last into next year, with one saying only ‘exceptional rainfall’ over the autumn and winter would restore water resources to normal levels. From dry and cracked reservoirs in Spain to falling water levels on major arteries like the Danube, the Rhine and the Po, an unprecedented drought is afflicting nearly half of the European continent. On the one hand, results show that the very high frequencies previously reported from Italy are unparalleled in other European countries, consistently with a more extensive and/or protracted pyrethroid selective pressure in Italy. It is damaging farm economies, forcing water restrictions, causing wildfires and threatening aquatic species. This in turn will make the food we buy in the supermarkets even more expensive.

There has been no significant rainfall for almost two months in Western, Central, and Southern Europe. PCR genotyping of kdr -alleles represents a cost-effective and sensible tool to do this and, in case of detection of a sharp increase in frequencies, would allow timely implementation of policies to counteract inappropriate pyrethroid spraying for nuisance reduction and/or impose rotation of different pyrethroid-based adulticides for mosquito control. The Met Office issued an amber extreme heat warning for southern and central England and parts of Wales from midnight on Thursday until Sunday (Picture: Getty) Large areas of grass have turned yellow due to the dry conditions in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh (Picture: PA) A woman walks across a parched Hyde Park in London (Picture: EPA) The Met Office says the simplest definition for drought is a lack of water, although a number of factors are taken into account before one is declared. In typically rainy Britain, the government officially declared a drought across southern and central England on Friday amid one of the hottest and driest summers on record. And Europe’s dry period is expected to continue in what experts say could be the worst drought in 500 years. This would prevent the risk of a reduced efficacy of emergency spraying in the case of an arbovirus outbreak. Climate change is exacerbating conditions as hotter temperatures speed up evaporation, thirsty plants take in more moisture and reduced snowfall in the winter limits supplies of fresh water available for irrigation in the summer. They include rainfall, how much water is left in rivers, reservoirs and lakes, as well as forecasts for heat in the coming week. Europe isn’t alone in the crisis, with drought conditions also reported in East Africa, the and northern Mexico. The map represents an easy tool for public health officers and private companies involved in mosquito control to assess the risk of pyrethroid resistance spreading in their regions in the early phases (i. The Met Office says the weather is expected to become cooler next week but there's no guarantee that it will rain across the country.

Read more: Climate Change is a Moral Crisis. But Our Political System Doesn’t Treat It That Way As he walked in the 15-meter (50-foot) wide riverbed in Lux, Jean-Philippe Couasné, chief technician at the local Federation for Fishing and Protection of the Aquatic Environment, listed the species of fish that had died in the Tille. when the frequency of V1016G or other kdr alleles is still low), thus opening the possibility to activate monitoring and management activities, instead of simply increasing pyrethroid concentrations, with inevitable harm to the environment and non-target species. To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video By this afternoon, temperatures are to soar as high as 35°C in southern areas of the UK, which will be hotter than the Bahamas, Jamaica and Barbados. “It’s heartbreaking,” he said. “On average, about 8,000 liters ( 2,100 gallons) per second are flowing.org (Project ID: VBP0000793). … And now, zero liters.’ There is also a heat health alert in place from the UK Health Security Agency, with experts advising people to look out for those who are older or with existing health conditions, as well as young children. There's just not enough moisture, so this crop will probably fail now.

” In areas upstream, some trout and other freshwater species can take shelter in pools via fish ladders. But such systems aren’t available everywhere. Without rain, the river “will continue to empty. Map showing which areas are subject to hosepipe bans (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto) Four water companies in England and Wales have already brought in hosepipe bans or have signalled their intention to do so, while the Wildlife Trusts have called for an England-wide hosepipe ban to protect nature and rivers. And yes, all fish will die. … They are trapped upstream and downstream, there’s no water coming in, so the oxygen level will keep decreasing as the (water) volume goes down,” Couasné said.

“These are species that will gradually disappear. said in a statement: ‘Progress has been made in the past few years but there is much further to go, which is why we are pushing companies to reduce leakage, fix their environmental performance and become more financially resilient while keeping bills affordable and helping customers reduce their consumption.” Jean-Pierre Sonvico, the regional head of the federation, said diverting the fish to other rivers won’t help because those waterways also are affected by the drought. “Yes, it’s dramatic because what can we do? Nothing,” he said. “We’re waiting, hoping for storms with rain, but storms are very local so we can’t count on it.” Read More: Why Extreme Heat Plus Pollution Is a Deadly Combination The European Commission’s Joint Research Center warned this week that drought conditions will get worse and potentially affect 47% of the continent.

Andrea Toreti, a senior researcher at the European Drought Observatory, said a drought in 2018 was so extreme that there were no similar events for the last 500 years, “but this year, I think, it is really worse.” For the next three months, “we see still a very high risk of dry conditions over Western and Central Europe, as well as the U.K.,” Toreti said. The current situation is the result of long periods of dry weather caused by changes in world weather systems, said meteorologist Peter Hoffmann of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research near Berlin.

“It’s just that in summer we feel it the most,” he said. “But actually the drought builds up across the year.” Climate change has lessened the temperature differences between regions, sapping the forces that drive the jet stream, which normally brings wet Atlantic weather to Europe, he said. A weaker or unstable jet stream can result in unusually hot air coming to Europe from North Africa, leading to prolonged periods of heat. The reverse is also true, when a polar vortex of cold air from the Arctic can cause freezing conditions far south of where it would normally reach.

Read more: Air-Conditioning Is Rare in the U.K. Could Heat Waves Change That? Hoffmann said observations in recent years have all been at the upper end of what the existing climate models predicted. The drought has caused some European countries to impose restrictions on water usage, and shipping is endangered on the Rhine and the Danube rivers. The Rhine, Germany’s biggest waterway, could reach critical low levels in the coming days.

Water levels near the town of Kaub are forecast to fall to 35 centimeters (14 inches) by Tuesday, said Bastian Klein of the German Federal Institute of Hydrology. Only small or specially designed ships can navigate in such conditions, he said. “Industries that depend on inland shipping and transport on the Rhine are of course affected, as there’s less transport capacity for raw materials or finished products,” said Klein. On the Danube, authorities in Serbia have started dredging to keep vessels moving. In neighboring Hungary, wide parts of Lake Velence near Budapest have turned into patches of dried mud, beaching small boats.

Aeration and water circulation equipment have been installed to protect wildlife, but water quality has deteriorated. A ban on swimming was imposed at one beach on weekends. Stretches of the Po, Italy’s longest river , are so low that barges and boats that sank decades ago are resurfacing. The drought also has affected England, which last month had its driest July since 1935, according to the Met Office weather agency. The lack of rain has depleted reservoirs, rivers and groundwater and left grasslands brown and tinder-dry.

Millions in the U.K. were already barred from watering lawns and gardens under regional “hosepipe bans,” and 15 million more around London will face such a ban shortly. The drought is also hitting U.K.

farmers, who face running out of irrigation water and having to use winter feed for animals because of a lack of grass. The Rivers Trust charity said England’s chalk streams — which allow underground springs to bubble up through the spongy layer of rock — are drying up, endangering aquatic wildlife like kingfishers and trout. Read more: 5 Ways the U.K. Is Not Built for Extreme Heat Even countries like Spain and Portugal, which are used to long periods without rain, have seen major consequences.

In the Spanish region of Andalucia, some avocado farmers have had to sacrifice hundreds of trees to save others from wilting as the Vinuela reservoir in Malaga province dropped to only 13% of capacity. Some European farmers are using water from the tap for their livestock when ponds and streams go dry, using up to 100 litres (26 gallons) a day per cow. In normally green Burgundy, home to the source of Paris’ Seine River, the grass has turned yellow-brown and tractors churn up giant clouds of dust. Baptiste Colson, who owns dairy cows and grows feed crops in the village of Moloy, said his animals are suffering in the drought, with the quality and quantity of their milk decreasing. The 31-year-old head of the local Young Farmers union said he has been forced to dip into his winter fodder in August.

“That is the biggest concern,” Colson said. EU corn production is expected to be 12.5 million tons below last year and sunflower production is projected to be 1.6 million tons lower, according to S&P Global Commodity Insights. Colson expects at least a 30% drop in corn yields, a major problem for feeding his cows.

“We know we’ll have to buy food … so the cows can continue producing milk,” he said. “From an economic point of view, the cost will be high.” Dana Beltaji .