Is Drought Increasing?

| 7 November 2022
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Yes – now 20 times more likely because of the climate crisis

Extreme weather events such as heatwaves, floods, storms and droughts are becoming more frequent in many parts of the world as a result of climate change.

From the beginning of May to mid-September, five back-to-back heatwaves blanketed large swathes of Europe and monthly maximum temperature records were broken across Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Hungary and Slovenia. In Europe alone, there were 24,000 heat-related deaths. Parts of China and North America also suffered intense heatwaves.

The World Weather Attribution group found that the record drought of 2022 could be expected once every 20 years in today’s climate but only every 400 years without climate change.


World Weather Attribution. 2022. High temperatures exacerbated by climate change made 2022 Northern Hemisphere soil moisture droughts more likely.

About the author
Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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