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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 03:16 pm
Global warming means less rain for western Africa, reports The Guardian. This, of course, is bad news:
Even modest decreases in rain in western Africa will see rivers lose as much as 80% of their water, triggering a surge of what the scientists call “water refugees”.
At least they won’t be travelling far. The same study cited by The Guardian predicts an increase in rainfall for east Africa:
Climate change is expected to bring 10% more rain to Tanzania before the end of the century, boosting water course levels by 136%, while Somalia faces a 20% rise in rainfall, leading to more than a 1,000% increase in the water it receives from waterways.
Bizarrely, this is also bad news:
However, increased rainfall could lead to more standing water, more mosquitoes, and widespread malaria.
Standing water isn’t a problem at the moment; east Africa is currently enduring an appalling drought. Love that line about Somalia “facing” a 20% rise in rainfall, as though it’s some kind of threat. Somalians might feel differently:
Reports of baboons and hyenas attacking communities in drought-stricken Somalia are becoming common. The wild creatures are said to be locked in competition with human beings in search of water as the merciless drought currently affecting the entire Horn of Africa region exhausts both food and water supplies.
More rain for Somalia. How terrible.
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