And in Spain, receding waters in one reservoir have revealed a prehistoric treasure.
The Dolmen of Guadalperal, or Spanish Stonehenge, has been exposed in the province of Cáceres for just the fourth time since the 1960s. The stones date back thousands of years but were flooded due to development under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco.
It’s not uncommon for water levels to drop in the summer months, but this year is particularly extreme.
“It’s quite extraordinary, particularly for this time of year,” Martina Becker from German company HGK Shipping told the BBC. “This is an unusual situation for us and the question is what happens in October, when the usually dry months arrive. We are already approaching the record low level we had in 2018. We could reach that level next week.”
Weather disasters like droughts are inextricably linked to human-induced climate change. The planet has already warmed 2.1 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880, according to NASA, and that’s making disasters worse. Stopping this vicious cycle will require drastically reducing our reliance on climate-polluting fossil fuels.