Worldwide, there have been an abrupt increase in droughts and drought warnings this summer. Everywhere we’ve experienced multiple droughts, from the U.S. to China. There are several reasons for these droughts, but the lack of rain and the hot weather are the main ones. We may technically refer to the summer as a drought season. Famine, damaged harvests, wildfires, and several other issues are brought on by droughts. Additionally, there has been a serious crisis in the global energy supply. The majority of the world’s nations are unsure of how to handle this new issue. There is no infrastructure to deal with droughts in places that experience cold temperatures and rain all year long. Poorer nations, which are unable to apply the same rapid remedies as others, experience greater severity. For instance, China has resorted to cloud seeding, which carries some danger but only offers a temporary fix. The majority of nations would be unable to employ this strategy.
The economics of several countries are being severely impacted by the droughts, as are the power industry. Businesses have quickly realised that the only way to survive this and maintain their investor support is to develop better solutions to address this issue. But since the drought is destroying farmland, this cannot happen quickly enough; in the meantime, food and energy prices are skyrocketing.
With its numerous hydropower stations, China has been greatly impacted by this drought. As the drought persists, other industries including manufacturing and tourism are also suffering significantly. Some reports claim that this year, around one-third of the European olive harvest and slightly less than half of the cotton harvests in the United States may all fail. Spain is also expected to suffer.
Numerous rivers, which frequently served as commercial routes, tourist destinations, and sources of hydroelectricity, have also dried up due to the droughts. As a result of the supply chain drying up, many European businesses that previously relied on the rivers are suffering losses. Rivers are no longer useful for cooling because they have also heated up. This implies that many nations that rely on nuclear energy are no longer able to rely on their power facilities. A prolonged drought-like situation is also anticipated for the Horn of Africa given the persistence of the dry season. Significant drops in water levels have occurred, and the UN has issued alerts.
Under these circumstances, India, a country with a mostly agrarian economy, has also suffered greatly. As their crops continue to fail, farmers in our northwest states are suffocating in this heat. In Bihar, the amount of rain has decreased by as much as 44%, and other regions have reported comparable figures. The UN urges action against this hazard, saying that if no steps are done, the world’s population will continue to suffer from the current round of droughts.