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Image 1 - Climate Change To Blame For Dead African Trees
2011-12-12 10:20:24

Trees are dying in the Sahel, a region in Africa south of the Sahara Desert, and human-caused climate change is to blame, according to a new study led by a scientist at the University of California, Berkeley. "Rainfall in the Sahel has dropped 20-30 percent in the 20th century, the world's most severe long-term drought since measurements from rainfall gauges began in the mid-1800s," said study lead author Patrick Gonzalez, who conducted the study while he was a visiting scholar at UC...

2011-06-13 13:04:01

A new study of how storms are generated could improve rainfall prediction in dry regions of Africa, where drought and short growing seasons are common. A team of scientists from the UK, France and Australia used satellite observations of the Sahel region of West Africa to demonstrate that brief changes in soil moisture over areas of just tens of kilometres can affect storm generation. The results are published online in Nature Geoscience on 12 June 2011. The monsoon can arrive abruptly in the...

2010-09-01 14:25:52

Widely tested 'African Market Garden' offers farmers a chance to prosper from year-round harvests With a major famine unfolding in Niger and other countries of West Africa's dry Sahelian region, an agricultural scientist speaking here today at the African Green Revolution Forum announced new progress in disseminating an innovative system for irrigated vegetable production"”a valuable option in a region that is highly dependent on subsistence rainfed cropping. Referred to as the African...

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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2010-05-30 09:05:00

The Gadabeji Reserve's grass is paltry after a drought killed off last year's crops, leaving cattle too weak to stand and too skinny to sell. This threatens families in the area because they do not have any way to buy grain and feed themselves. The threat is stalking the Sahel, a band of semiarid land that stretches across Africa south of the Sahara. The U.N. World Food Program said on Friday that about 10 million people face hunger over the next three months. "People have lost crops,...

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2009-08-25 14:50:00

Scientists said today at the 2nd World Congress of Agroforestry that a type of acacia tree with an unusual growth habit-unlike virtually all other trees-holds particular promise for farmers in Africa as a free source of nitrogen for their soils that could last generations.For further information, please contact: Megan Dold: +1 301 280 5720 or mdold@burnesscommunications.comWith its nitrogen-fixing qualities, the tall, long-lived acacia tree, Faidherbia albida (Mgunga in Swahili) could limit...


Latest Sahel Reference Libraries

Red-fronted Gazelle, Eudorcas rufifrons
2012-05-23 13:53:20

The red-fronted gazelle (Eudorcas rufifrons) can be found mainly in the Sahel zone in the south Sahara desert. Its range is unevenly distributed across mid Africa, through Senegal to northeastern Ethiopia. It prefers habitats in wooded savannahs, arid grasslands, and steppes where shrub cover is abundant. There are currently five recognized subspecies of the red-fronted gazelle. Although it is not listed as a subspecies, one authority considers the Thomson’s gazelle to be a sixth...

African Grass Rat, Arvicanthis niloticus
2012-05-16 12:13:39

The African grass rat (Arvicanthis niloticus) can be found in the sudano-zambesian Savanna belt and the Sahel. Its range includes Benin, Burundi, Chad, the Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Niger, Kenya, Gambia, Ethiopia, Zambia, Uganda, and many other areas. It can also be found in Egypt, Yemen, and Algeria. This rat will live in dry, savannah areas as well as subtropical and tropical areas like, arable land, pasturelands, irrigated land, urban areas, and rural gardens....

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Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.