Tag Archives: Rainfall

Climate research is critical in Africa: how to make it more visible

Biometeorology is the study of the role of climate on plants, animals and humans. Getty Images

Biometeorology is the study of the role of climate on plants, animals and humans. Getty Images Jennifer Fitchett, University of the Witwatersrand Weather and climate have far-reaching effects on every part of life. The timing of seasons, range of daily and seasonal temperatures, the amount of rainfall – these all influence things as diverse as food production, disease prevalence and …

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Explainer: what’s behind the locust swarms damaging crops in southern Africa

The most effective means of controlling locusts is to prevent the swarms from forming. shutterstock

The most effective means of controlling locusts is to prevent the swarms from forming. shutterstock Frances Duncan, University of the Witwatersrand Seven million people in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe have been affected by a migratory locust outbreak currently ravaging crops and pastures across southern Africa. Professor Frances Duncan, whose research work involves investigating the survival strategies of brown locusts, …

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Steps Sudan must take to prevent future flood destruction

Sudanese people carry their belongings through the flood waters. Isam Al-Haj/AFP via Getty Images

<figure> <img src=”https://images.theconversation.com/files/357921/original/file-20200914-22-1592kvn.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&q=45&auto=format&w=754&fit=clip” /> <figcaption> Sudanese people carry their belongings through the flood waters. <span class=”attribution”><span class=”source”> Isam Al-Haj/AFP via Getty Images</span></span> </figcaption> </figure> <span><a href=”https://theconversation.com/profiles/abdelrahim-salih-1156214″>Abdelrahim Salih</a>, <em><a href=”https://theconversation.com/institutions/imam-muhammad-ibn-saud-islamic-university-4858″>Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University</a></em></span> <p><em>In Sudan, record floods and heavy rains <a href=”https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/09/lost-thousands-homeless-sudan-battles-floods-200909102451318.html”>have so far</a> killed over one hundred people and displaced over 500,000. A committee tasked with dealing with …

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