Global drought 1979-2012

35 years of dry spells

By Olive Heffernan. Nature, September 2013.

An info graphic feature highlighting the major droughts of the past 35 years and their impact on food production.

The map shows percentage deviation from average annual rainfall.

Access to the full time series of data from 1979-2012 here.

Olive Heffernan

Olive Heffernan is a London-based freelance environment writer. Olive mostly writes about climate change and its impacts, but also writes more broadly on sustainable resource use. Here you can find an archive of her recent articles, link to her Twitter feed and her blog.

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