Cargo ship restrictions put in place after Panama Canal faces dry season

As one of the most famous commercial trading routes in the world contends with a prolonged dry season, consumer goods may become inevitably delayed and more expensive. 

The Panama Canal, responsible for moving 80% of global trade has been working on implementing practices to improve water efficiency by researching long-term solutions to changes in climate after experiencing a bout of drought between 2019 and 2020. 

However, the current drought recurrence and severity has no historical precedence, officials announced earlier this month. 

The water levels of the lakes the canal depends on are now “close to the minimum,” Vice President of Operations for the canal told CBS. 

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