RTL Today – Weakened forests, dry rivers, disoriented animals: The effects of drought are felt in Luxembourg
Weakened forests, dry rivers and disoriented wild animals: this is the gloomy picture that the Ministry of the Environment paints for us on August 19, 2022. Explanations.
Luxembourg is not immune to the effects of global warming. The country suffered several successive heat waves which were only very rarely interrupted by rainy episodes. Drought has therefore set in in the Grand Duchy and the environment is suffering.
The latest report of the Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development evoke forests”weakened“, waterways “a second“ and wild animals”who will prefer“ and whose behavior is changing due to the high temperatures.
The state of the forests worries the ministry, which recommends no longer relying on the adaptive capacities of natural regeneration and implementing a real strategy. A strategy focusing on strengthening the diversity and complementarity of forest species and maintaining the genetic diversity of trees.
The ministry also confirmed that some streams were already dry on Luxembourg territory. “A rare and disturbing event” which prompted the authorities to prohibit any withdrawal from surface waters, even when they are covered by authorizations.
In this context, the ministry suggests carrying out restoration projects with like but of “restore the dynamics and natural morphology of waterways” and protect aquatic ecosystems that are currently under severe strain.
Regarding the rare precipitation observed in recent weeks, the report of August 19, 2022 confirms that it has not no impact on groundwater or on the level of rivers. “Only the first centimeters (of earth) could have been wet but the vegetation absorbed everything“, explain the experts of the ministry.
And in the case of heavy rainfall, it is remembered that dry soils can only absorb water”very slowly“. Which means that the risk of flooding is all the higher in the current circumstances. “Bad weather can occur anywhere and therefore no area can be excluded“wrote the ministry.
A worrying fact to say the least. Despite everything, the Ministry of the Environment repeated once again that Luxembourg had enough reserves of drinking water “compared to current consumptionOr, if this is true for now, authorities are still asking residents not to consume more than necessary.
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