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It is hard to imagine Robert Mugabe’s regime in Zimbabwe doing anything right, so it is not surprising that the country is ill-prepared for the impacts of climate change. A recent article in AlertNet highlights the dramatic rainfall variability the country has been experiencing, which has led to severe crop failures, and requests for international food assistance from a government that has in the past blocked the distribution of such aid – condemning millions of its citizens to famine. (more…)
The Economist published an interesting, if alarming, piece on Saturday exploring the explosive intersection of shifting weather patterns, political extremism, and the movement of heavy weapons in the Sahel region of Africa (for those who are unfamiliar, the Sahel constitutes the 5,400 km-wide arid and semi-arid plains south of the Sahara desert, and north of the more water-rich Sudanian Savannahs, stretching like a vast ribbon from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea). (more…)
We previously reported on General Carter F. Ham’s testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, summarizing his comments on the challenges of environmental and climate security in Africa (particularly in regards to water), and what U.S. Africa Command needed to meet those challenges. The full testimony is now up. We have posted the exchange between Senator Mark Udall and General Ham, which touched on these areas, below.