This summer, Turkey endured a blistering heat wave with the fiercest temperatures in 60 years. Wildfires raged for nearly two months along its southwestern coast. At the center of Turkey’s woes are severe drought conditions and diminished groundwater levels — caused by a combination of climate change and water management policies — that have taxed water supplies as never before. According to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 60 Percent of Turkey’s land area is prone to desertification.
Source: Yale Environment 360