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Earth can see acute drought in 30 years: study

Cracked mud supports a few dead trees in Lake Hume, Australia (File)
Cracked mud supports a few dead trees in Lake Hume, Australia (File)

Large swathes of the planet could experience extreme drought within the next 30 years unless greenhouse gas emissions are cut, according to a study released Tuesday.

"We are facing the possibility of widespread drought in the coming decades, but this has yet to be fully recognized by both the public and the climate change research community," said National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) scientist Aiguo Dai, who conducted the study.

"If the projections in this study come even close to being realized, the consequences for society worldwide will be enormous," he said.

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