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TURKEY: cities face drought as lack of rain hits water levels in dams

TURKEY: cities face drought as lack of rain hits water levels in dams | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Concerns running high as rainfall drops to five-year lows in western and central parts of the country

Mayors of the largest cities in Turkey are concerned by the lack of rainfall since the summer, which has led to very low water levels in dams and raised concerns that drinking water will become scarce and agriculture impacted.

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Mediterranean: Challenges Await Growers As the Region Becomes Hotter and Drier

Mediterranean: Challenges Await Growers As the Region Becomes Hotter and Drier | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Climate change has a direct, mea­sur­able impact on olive farm­ing in the Mediterranean region. As a result, the vast major­ity of the world’s olive oil-pro­duc­ing areas have become a test­ing ground.
In recent years, sci­en­tists have begun to inves­ti­gate how new rain­fall pat­terns, which increas­ingly resem­ble those of sub­trop­i­cal envi­ron­ments, will affect European farm­ers.

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Farmers facing drought disaster

Farmers facing drought disaster | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Malta’s few remaining full-time farmers are living in constant fear that the island’s farming industry could soon cease to exist as extreme weather becomes the norm.
The country is in a state of drought and February is forecast to be the driest on record with just 0.6mm of rainfall recorded so far this month. George Mifsud, one of the estimated 150 remaining full-time farmers in the country, made a stark prediction about the future of his profession.

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SPAIN: Bumper Harvest Comes With Drought, Coronavirus Concerns

SPAIN: Bumper Harvest Comes With Drought, Coronavirus Concerns | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The 2020 olive har­vest is in full swing through­out Spain, with the world’s largest olive oil pro­duc­ing coun­try expected to yield 1,633,000 tons, the sec­ond-high­est total in the past decade.

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Malta: Drought dries up grape production

Malta: Drought dries up grape production | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
This year’s grape harvest was 25% lower than the average crop yield because of the very little rain, with the rain being so abundant the few times it poured that it actually did more harm than good, according to one of Malta’s main wine producers.
Marsovin chief executive Jeremy Cassar sai
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Drought Likely to Continue in Parts of Spain

Drought Likely to Continue in Parts of Spain | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

While the north of Spain and Portugal are in for an unusually wet spring, the threat of drought remains in Spanish olive country.
“The warm and dry weather will come at a cost as the threat for drought conditions will grow in eastern Spain,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alan Reppert said.
“Prolonged dry spells during spring may cause problems for agriculture due to a lack of soil moisture in areas that typically see very infrequent rainfall during the summer.”

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