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The Northern Hemisphere is experiencing severe droughts that are further clogging supply lines

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increasing food and energy costs, and stressing an already fragile global trading system.

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These droughts are affecting everything from Californian agriculture to European and Chinese rivers.

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According to research sponsored by the University of California, Los Angeles,

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a drought that started in the American West two decades ago now seems to be the worst in 1,200 years.

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Due to a scarcity of hydropower, certain areas of China are suffering the longest continuous heat

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wave since records have been kept in 1961. A climate expert at the Joint Research Center of the

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European Commission said that the drought hitting Spain, Portugal, France, and

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Italy is likely to be the worst in the past 500 years.