Financial Times: “The ‘mega-dryness’ gripping the southwestern United States has brought water levels in the two largest reservoirs to record lows, forcing unprecedented government intervention to protect water and electricity supplies in seven states “
“Millions of Americans already struggling with severe water shortages now face the prospect of blackouts as energy demand grows during heatwaves just as hydropower is strained. This week, a US energy regulator warned that a large swath of the US was at risk of blackouts, in part due to drought conditions that reduce hydroelectric supplies.
“US government climate scientists said more than half of the country is suffering from drought conditions, while a separate study estimated that the drought that hit the southwestern states was the worst to hit the region for 1,200 years. after being exacerbated by human activity “.