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Climate change made 2022´s northern hemisphere droughts more likely

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Climate change made 2022´s northern hemisphere droughts more likely

Washington, Oct 6 (Prensa Latina) Scientists said Western Central Europe, North America, China, and other parts of the Northern Hemisphere faced water shortages, extreme heat, and soil moisture drought conditions throughout the summer of 2022

Scientists from Switzerland, India, the Netherlands, France, the United States of America and the United Kingdom, collaborated to assess to what extent human-induced climate change altered the likelihood and intensity of the low soil moisture, both at the surface and the root zones for most crops.

Combining all lines of evidence we find for West-Central Europe that human-induced climate change made the 2022 root zone soil moisture drought about 3-4 times more likely, and the surface soil moisture drought about 5-6 times more likely.

This resulted in too dry soils, mainly in France, Germany and other central and western European countries, including mainland China, experienced exceptionally high temperatures and dryness.

Water shortages, extensive fires, high food prices and severe crop losses were among the most important impacts of one of the hottest European summers on record, with heat waves and exceptionally low rainfall across the Northern Hemisphere.

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