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Spain expected to declare drought emergency

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🗞️ Driving the news: Catalan authorities are expected to announce a drought emergency, enforcing stricter water restrictions for Barcelona and 201 other municipalities
This includes fines for activities like washing cars or watering gardens, with penalties up to €3,000 for severe violations

🔭 The context: After declaring a state of pre-emergency last November due to low water levels, the situation has worsened with reservoirs now critically low
The region has faced almost 40 months of insufficient rainfall, leading to significant water scarcity

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The drought in Catalonia, exacerbated by climate change, reflects broader environmental challenges
Water restrictions aim to conserve scarce resources, highlighting the pressing need for sustainable water management in the face of increasing drought frequency and intensity due to global warming

⏭️ What's next: The drought emergency plan includes reducing individual water consumption and agricultural, industrial, and livestock water use
With the Mediterranean region warming faster, these measures may become more common as authorities and communities adapt to changing climate conditions

💬 One quote: "Droughts are natural in the Mediterranean climate pattern. What is very dramatic are the projections of climate change... What we are seeing is an increase in the intensity and frequency of droughts," (Annelies Broekman, CREAF)

📈 One stat: Reserves are below 16%, indicating the critical water levels in Catalan reservoirs

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