Rivers Run Dry as Droughts and Heat Waves Persist in North America, Europe and Asia
Rivers around the world are seeing record low water levels as droughts and heat waves persist.
Low water levels in the Colorado River led the Interior Department to announce water allocation cuts for several U.S. states and parts of Mexico. Some states, like Arizona, will have to use as much as 21% less water from the river in 2023. Other rivers seeing low water levels include Germany’s Rhine River, France’s Loire River and China’s Yangtze River.
Across the spectrum, outlets big and small covered a steady stream of heat and drought-related stories. Several outlets, including the Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias), covered a fifth set of human remains discovered in historically-low Lake Mead in Nevada. In China, where COVID-19 lockdowns disrupted global supply chains earlier this year, The New York Times (Lean Left bias) reported on rolling blackouts and factory shutdowns due to record heat.
Right-rated outlets were less likely to cover droughts and heat waves in other countries. Coverage from the left was more likely to mention the role of climate change in exacerbating global heat, with several articles also mentioning the recently-passed Inflation Reduction Act’s climate investments.
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