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Scientists track down travelling droughts

Tuesday 14 Mar 17 10:00am

A dust cloud envelops refugee children during last year’s severe drought in Ethiopia

By ALEX KIRBY | The biggest and worst droughts might not stay fixed in one place but can travel thousands of kilometres from their origin, according to a new study.

And that discovery, disturbing as it may sound, could shed light on how droughts evolve in space and time, provide new insights for water managers, and save huge numbers of lives.

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