Study: Extreme droughts in central Europe likely to increase sevenfold

The Guardian discusses how extreme droughts in central Europe are likely to increase sevenfold. Researchers say moderate reductions in CO2 emissions could halve their likelihood.

Extreme droughts are likely to become much more frequent across centralĀ Europe, and if global greenhouse gas emissions rise strongly they could happen seven times more often, new research has shown.

The area of crops likely to be affected by drought is also set to increase, and under sharply rising CO2 levels would nearly double in central Europe in the second half of this century, to more than 40m hectares (154,440 sq miles) of farmland.

The paper is published on Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports.

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