Supply Chains

Droughts are creating new supply chain problems. This is what you need to know

Economic damage from droughts jumped by 63% in 2021 compared with the 20-year average, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Image: REUTERS/Christian Kraemer

Ewan Thomson

Senior Writer, Formative Content

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Droughts are becoming more frequent and lasting longer, which has dire consequences for transport on key rivers like the Rhine in Germany.
Droughts are becoming more frequent and lasting longer, which has dire consequences for transport on key rivers like the Rhine in Germany. Image: ESA.
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October 2022: A lack of rainfall caused water levels on the Mississippi to reach lows not seen for a decade, significantly slowing barge traffic. Image: NASA.

Drought has contributed to the Yangtze river shrinking visibly year on year.
Drought has contributed to the Yangtze river shrinking visibly year on year. Image: ESA.

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