The world’s rivers are drying up due to extreme weather. See how the 6 looks from space

A painful lack of rain and persistent heat waves are drying up rivers in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Many are shrinking in length and width. It is a common sight to see out over the water along the banks of the river. Some rivers are so desolate that they are almost impassable.

The human-caused climate crisis is fueling extreme weather around the world, affecting not only rivers, but the people who depend on them. Most of the people on the planet depend on rivers in one way or another, whether for drinking water, for irrigating food, for energy or for transporting goods.

See how six of them look from space.

The Colorado River is drying up and thinning along its banks, as a historic drought in the US West shows no signs of abating. The river is significantly maintained by the country’s two largest reservoirs, and to protect the river basin, the government has implemented mandatory water cut and asked the states to come with it additional action plan,
One of those reservoirs, Lake Mead, is shrinking in size as the water level drops toward “dead pool” status—the point at which the reservoir will no longer be large enough to release water downstream through a dam. Its water level has been on a downward trend since 2000, but has declined sharply since 2020. The lake has fallen so low in the last one year that find wild made in which man lives in a barrel – Victim of a suspected homicide decades ago. And the consequences of the Colorado River crisis are enormous: About 40 million people in seven states and Mexico depend on river water for drinking, agriculture and electricity.

yangtze river

In Asia, the Yangtze River is drying up on its banks and in some areas its bottom is rising. But it is the tributaries of the Yangtze that are already extremely dry. China Nationwide drought warning announced for the first time in nine years, and its longest heat wave in six decades.
The influence of the drying Yangtze has been enormous. In Sichuan, a province of 84 million people, hydroelectricity makes up about 80% of the electricity capacity. Much of this comes from the Yangtze River, and as its flow slows, power generation has been reduced, leaving it there for authorities to order. All its factories are closed for six days. The province is witnessing about half of its normal rainfall and some of the reservoirs have completely dried up, According to the state news agency Xinhua,

Rhine River

The Rhine begins in the Swiss Alps, flows through Germany and the Netherlands and then flows into the North Sea. It’s an important channel for European shipping, but right now, it’s a nightmare to navigate.

Parts of the river bed are raised above the water’s surface, meaning that ships that try to cross it must weave around a series of obstacles, slowing the entire process.

There are several different gauges along the way to the Rhine, including the Kaub, west of Frankfurt, Germany, where The water level has dropped to 32 cm (12.6 inches). Shipping companies generally consider anything less than 40 cm on the Rhine to be too low to bother, and in the Kaub, less than 75 cm usually means a container ship has to reduce its load by about 30%. Does matter, According to Deutsche Bank economists, Lower water levels also mean that companies pay higher fees to pass, and all of these factors make shipping more expensive, a cost usually passed on to consumers.

Po. River

The Po River cuts just above Italy and flows east into the Adriatic Sea. It is fed by winter snow in the Alps and heavy rainfall in spring, and has a steep fall that brings fast currents. usually, Devastating flooding is a problem around this river.
But now Poe looks very different. Winter in northern Italy was dry, so snow provided little water, and spring and summer were also dry, plunging the region into its worst drought in seven decades. it has dried up so much that a World War II time bomb was found recently in the midst of its receding waters

A major problem is that millions of people depend on Po for their livelihood, mostly through agriculture. About 30% of Italy’s food is produced with Po, and some of the country’s most famous exports, such as Parmesan cheese, are made here.

Loire River

The Loire in France maintains a valley of vineyards that produce some of the world’s most famous wines. The river stretches for about 600 miles and is considered the last wild river in France, supporting a biodiverse ecosystem throughout the valley, most of which is protected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Parts of the river are already quite shallow, but its level and flow can change rapidly with the seasons and as the ice melts at its source. Some sections have become so dry due to lack of rain and severe heat that people can cross on foot.

Satellite images of the French city of Saumur show more riverbanks than exposed waters in the Loire. The patches of land around it in the valley are mostly brown and withered – a year ago, they were lush and green. Officials are releasing water from dams into the river. Mostly enough to ensure that four nuclear power plants are cooled who are sitting with it.

danube river

The Danube is the longest river in Western Europe and an important shipping channel that passes through 10 countries. in Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria, workers running down the river Just to make sure ships can still navigate it.

It is not in dire condition like some other rivers in Europe, but countries like Hungary are so dependent on the Danube for tourism, the effects are already being felt. Some cruise ships have been unable to cross parts of the river to reach Hungary. Those still running could not stop on their normal routes as many stations had to be closed due to falling water levels along the river. According to the country’s tourism board, an average 1,600-ton vessel can now navigate the only Hungarian stretch without any cargo.

CNN’s Julia Buckley, Laura Hay, Angela Fritz and Rachel Ramirez, as well as journalist Barbie Nadeau, contributed to this report.