EUROPE DROUGHT  – Over half of Europe facing worst drought in 500 years

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Over half of Europe is facing what could be the worst drought in 500 years, data released by the European Commission’s science and knowledge service showed Tuesday.

The preliminary research from the Joint Research Center (JRC) found that 64% of Europe is under a drought warning or alert, driven by a persistent lack of rainfall combined with a series of heatwaves since May this year.