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Climate activists protest on the dry banks of the Danube – Reuters


Greenpeace activists stage a demonstration to raise awareness about climate change by the Danube, in the southern city of Zimnicea (Romania), 10 August 2022.



Greenpeace activists marched along the dry banks of the Danube River in Romania to call attention to climate change.

Campaigners carried kayaks along a stretch of shoreline that was exposed to low water near Zimnicea’s southern border. They held banners reading “We want Danube waves and not heat waves.”

Data from the water management agency show that rivers in Romania have fallen to half their normal level due to record high temperatures, drought, and deforestation.

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“According to weather predictions, the drought will continue, putting pressure the country’s energy systems, food security, and water access,” Vlad Catuna (a campaign coordinator for Greenpeace Romania) said in a statement regarding Wednesday’s (11 Aug) protest.

Nearly 700 villages are being rationed of water and farmers who depend on the Danube to irrigate have also been affected.

Hidroelectrica, Romania’s state-owned hydropower producer, said late July that its electricity output had dropped by a third during the first half year. Because of low river levels, port operators claim that barges transporting Ukrainian grain to Romanian ports can’t handle full loads.


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