A Plague on All Your Countries: Locusts and Climate Change

The essentials: Massive swarms of locusts are currently active in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia and threaten the food security of millions in the whole region. The plague is the result of both natural breeding cycles and human-made climate change.

The context: Locusts are a family of insects that bear a strong resemblance to grasshoppers, but come with a critical difference: under the right environmental conditions, they can change both their behavior and physiology. → Read the rest “A Plague on All Your Countries: Locusts and Climate Change”

Climate change is already killing people across Africa. It will only get worse.

The World Health Organization released its list of the 13 urgent health crises for the new decade. And though the list wasn’t in order of priority, it began with elevating the issue of health in the climate debate.

Without going any further down the list, it’s worth exploring how that specific issue has gone under-examined in Africa and what the implications are. → Read the rest “Climate change is already killing people across Africa. It will only get worse.”