Europe's drought could be the worst in 500 years, warns researcher
The European Commission Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC) has warned that the current drought could be the worst in 500 years.
And it has predicted that severe drought will worsen in Europe, potentially reaching 47% of the continent.
The predictions were announced by senior researcher Andrea Toreti in an online news conference on Tuesday afternoon.
"We haven't analysed fully the event (this year's drought), because it is still ongoing, but based on my experience I think that this is perhaps even more extreme than 2018," he said.
"Just to give you an idea the 2018 drought was so extreme that, looking back at least the last 500 years, there were no other events similar to the drought of 2018, but this year I think it is really worse than 2018."