Farmers turn to bottled water to beat heatwave Company sees orders surge in bid to keep livestock healthy
Scottish farmers have been forced to bulk buy mineral water for their livestock as the hot weather takes its toll on their natural reserves.
While the rest of the UK has been basking in the summer sun, they have faced running out of the water required to keep their animals alive.
Farmers would normally pump water straight from natural sources like lakes and lochs when their reserves run out. “Warm weather makes a big difference to demand and we always see an increase in sales during summer.
“This year has been particularly hot for a long period and we have been working flat out to keep up. Customers in the UK, EU and Far East have all increased orders.” Heatwave temperatures similar to those that set the UK sizzling this summer could become normal by the end of the century if carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere continue to rise, say scientists.
A new study predicts that without action to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the climate of Western Europe could revert back to what it was 50 million years ago.
At that time, during the Paleogene period, average annual land temperatures soared to between 23C and 29C.
Weather conditions were hot, steamy and tropical.
Professor Rich Pancost, one of the researchers from Bristol University, said: “Our work adds to the evidence for a very hot climate under potential end-of-century carbon dioxide levels.
“Importantly, we also study how the Earth system responded to that warmth. For example, this and other hot time periods were associated with evidence for arid conditions and extreme rainfall events.”
The scientists studied fossil microbes in ancient peat to estimate land temperature 50 million years ago.
They found annual land temperatures in Western Europe, as well as New Zealand, were significantly higher than previously thought.
Study leader Dr David Naafs, from the university’s School of Earth Sciences, added: “We know the early Paleogene was characterised by a greenhouse climate with elevated carbon dioxide levels.”
The findings appear in the Nature Geoscience.