By David Herbling and Samuel Gebre, Bloomberg
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.