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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

Ethiopia PM launches 4 billion tree planting project, starting in Oromia

by Africa News

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed over the weekend kicked off what is meant to be a mission to plant four billion trees across the country – Africa’s second most populous nation.

The initiative which is under the banner of the National Green Development program is set to started during the rainy season.

“Over the past years Ethiopia’s forest coverage has decreased (in recent years) and the initiative is set mobilize national reforestation at 40 trees per head,” the PM’s office said in a social media post.
Abiy held discussions with the National Agri Transformation leaders in Adama city, in his home region of Oromia. He tasked participants – which included most high-profile government officials – on their role and responsibilities in modernizing the sector.

Read more: https://www.africanews.com/2019/05/27/ethiopia-pm-launches-4-billion-tree-planting-project-starting-in-oromia/

Cyclone Idai: Estimated 900,000 children orphaned, separated or impacted in Mozambique

by Cara Anna, Global News

Her name is Chuva, which in Portuguese means rain. For four days that was all she saw as she clung to her rooftop in the cyclone’s aftermath and prayed to be saved.

Maria Chuva clasped her 5-year-old daughter, Amiel, to her tightly as she recounted the panic of opening her front door to water that came up to her neck, and scrambling with her family to the roof.

Now, after elbowing her way onto a rescue boat for a bewildering journey with her two girls to the inundated port city of Beira, she paused in the din of a displacement camp to reflect on losing everything but her children — and the splintered families now around her. The orphans are especially hard for her to bear.

“It hurts me so bad,” she said.

An estimated 900,000 children have been orphaned or separated from their families, made homeless or otherwise affected by Cyclone Idai, half of the 1.8 million people impacted overall, according to Mozambican government figures.

Read more: https://globalnews.ca/news/5092523/cyclone-idai-mozambique-children/