Scientists from the University of Cambridge are alarming that since 2015, Europe has experienced the worst summer drought in over 2,000 years. This phenomenon is dangerous not only for crops but also for ecosystems and societies.
Scientists studied the rings of both living oaks and oak wood recovered from buildings and archaeological sites. Thanks to this, they determined that the droughts that have been intensifying since 2015 are the most serious phenomenon since the Roman Empire. One of the authors of the study, Ulf Buntgen, warns that this is dangerous both for agriculture and the future of forests and for all ecosystems. At the same time, experts recall that since 2015, the Earth has experienced the five hottest years since temperature measurements are made.
The research results were published in the British magazine “Nature Geoscience”.