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Severe African Drought In The 1980s Caused By Northern Pollution
2013-06-07 10:23:40

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the 1980s, decades of drought in central Africa reached the worst point. This caused Lake Chad, a shallow lake used to water crops in neighboring countries, to dry out almost completely. Initially blamed on overgrazing and bad agricultural practices, the shrinking lake and extended drought have become examples of global warming. A new study from the University of Washington reveals that the drought was cause in part by Northern...

2010-06-16 22:10:27

Cyclical changes in atmospheric pressure and sea surface temperature in the North Atlantic Ocean affect drought in the Sahel region on the southern Sahara rim. This has been revealed in an international study carried out by researchers from the University of Haifa, the French National Meteorological Service, Columbia University and the University of San Diego. The study was published recently in the scientific journal Atmospheric Science Letters (Royal Meteorological Society). That climate...

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2009-04-17 07:15:00

The kinds of devastating droughts that claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people in Africa's Sahel region in the 1960's and 70's may represent a normal natural occurrence rather than an anomaly, according to new research.  What's more, they may be but a foretaste of the catastrophic "Ëœmegadroughts' that have periodically rocked the region for thousands of year. The dry spells that have brought well-documented and well-publicized disaster to millions of Africans in the last...


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