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Tangerines lying in the dirt in front of dry vegetation on farmland amid an ongoing drought in California. The American state is experiencing a third consecutive year of drought in the Western United States. According to the US Drought Monitor, more than 97% of the state's land area is in at least severe drought status. This is a small part of what the climate crisis is doing to the planet – and yet, we're still not doing anything serious about it. — AFP

If you’ve been keeping up with the news you’ll have noticed a pretty common theme this August, 2022: Record-breaking droughts everywhere.

From the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong: “China’s unprecedented heatwave and drought put autumn crops at risk”. From CNBC in the United States: “Europe is experiencing its worst drought in at least 500 years”. From The Guardian in Britain: “US issues western water cuts as drought leaves Colorado River near ‘tipping point’”.

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