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A dry spell and record temperatures caught up with Europe last summer, testing farmers from Scandinavia and England, as well as France, the Netherlands, Germany and southern Europe. Along the Elbe in Czechia so called “hunger stones” marking very low water levels were again visible. Not just Europe has been tested. Cape Town almost ran out of water, California has struggled with scarcity in recent years, and Australia experienced its “Millennium drought” not so long ago. In this special feature, scholars and artists sketch many of the water challenges various countries have faced, as well as their varied responses. To read the full issue, go to: