This stark image personalizes how climate related drought can affect human lives and agriculture.
WHAT IT SHOWS: China is in the middle of the worst drought in 50 years. Precipitation totals have fallen significantly across most of China's northern provinces. 60% of China's 669 major cities face water shortages, of these 110 face serious water shortages. Climate change modelling shows that Northern China is going to get significantly drier leading to crop failure and desertification which is already happening in many places in northern China. Inner Mongolia has been particularly badly hit with ever drier conditions and creeping desertification. Here a shepherd follows his flock across a dry dusty landscape in Inner Mongolia.