Record drought in the Horn of Africa due to global warming

According to a report by World Weather Attribution (WWA), a global network of scientists who continually study the relationship between severe weather events and global warming.

Since the end of 2020, the countries of the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti, Kenya and Sudan) have experienced their worst drought in forty years. Five consecutive seasons of poor rain have killed millions of livestock and destroyed crops. According to the United Nations, 22 million people are threatened with hunger in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

According to the scientists, climate change has had a “minimal impact” on recent annual precipitation in the region. But it had a huge warming effect, leading to lightning-fast evaporation and the attendant record-breaking desiccation of soil and vegetation. “Climate change has made this drought exceptionally severe,” said Kenyan climatologist Joyce Kimutai.

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