Severe droughts are squeezing Europe's economy, from crops to shipping patterns : The Indicator from Planet Money Even the sheep are complaining. A severe drought is drying Europe to its limits, and the effects are widespread. From crops to shipping energy, what are the economic consequences?

The drought in Europe

The drought in Europe

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A photo taken on July 19, 2022 shows a field with sunflowers near Selm, western Germany, on a sunny summer day during a heat wave. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)
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"Wenn du mich siehst, dann weine." That roughly translates to "if you see me, then weep." Well the time to mourn may be now.

This ominous line is inscribed on 'hunger stones' in Europe, which are centuries-old markers of drought. When water levels drop, the stones reveal themselves. And as a severe drought dries Europe to its limits, the infamous inscription reveals its foreboding face once again. From crops to energy shipments, learn how the climate crisis is wreaking havoc on Europe's economy, and how the widespread impacts may affect the United States.

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