Rhine withers to crisis level as Europe thirsts for energy

The Rhine is on the verge of becoming virtually impassable at a key crossing point in Germany, with shallow waters choking off shipments of energy and other industrial goods along one of Europe’s most important waterways. Europe.

The marker at Kaub, west of Frankfurt, is expected to fall to the critical depth of 40 centimeters (just under 16 inches) by early August 12, according to Germany’s Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration. At this level, most barges that carry goods from diesel to coal are effectively unable to transit the river. It should continue to fall, to 37 centimeters the next day.

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