Summer of extremes

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Germany is experiencing an extremely hot summer. Good news for some - a disaster for others. For hoteliers and seaside shops on Germany’s northern coastlines, it’s a boon. The farmers fear massive crop losses and demand a billion-dollar aid program.

The scene is almost apocalyptic on some of Germany’s farms: burning grain fields, dried-up soil and withered crops. In some areas, nothing is growing at all any more, while animals suffer in the dry heat. Home gardeners have been desperately watering their plants while city authorities are calling on their residents to water the trees in the streets. Barbecues are banned due to the risk of wildfires in many of Germany’s city parks, and fireworks displays have had to be canceled. And there seems to be no end to the sweltering heat.