Argentina’s Summer of Discontent

Americas Now

Two bathers in Rio De La Plata.

The heat in Argentina was so extreme last summer that the country came close to being the hottest place on earth. The searing heat, combined with an acute drought that greatly affected the crops and cattle in the countryside, brought the South American country to an unprecedented state of emergency. The country endured everything from prolonged power cuts in Buenos Aires, to the diminishing yields in the corn and soy fields of this agricultural powerhouse. How did people adjust to this new reality? What were the causes of this phenomenon? Was this an unlikely coincidence of events or is Argentina expected to undergo similar weather anomalies moving forward? Joel Richards reports.