Locust swarms ravaging East Africa are the size of cities

By David Herbling and Samuel Gebre, Bloomberg


Highlights:

Swarms of desert locusts are devastating farms throughout East Africa.

  • The outbreak is due to an increased amount of cyclones and sudden rainfall after a long dry spell, resulting in the perfect breeding conditions for locusts
  • Further increases in climate change effects will cause more cyclones and therefore more locusts outbreaks over time
  • The devastation of farms is impacting regions where there is already an overwhelming amount of food insecurity
  • Locusts can destroy from 80% to 100% of crops in areas they invade

The Climate Center’s Rapid Decarbonization Campaign addresses the urgency of the climate crisis by setting a timeline in line with the current science.


Read More: https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2020-africa-locusts

Nina Turner
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