UN: Africa already suffering from warming, will worsen

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Simone Garza | March 7, 2022

As Africa suffers from global warming, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicted that Sahara flooding, drought, and heat will accerlate in the future.

Africa’s plants and wildlife will decrease in number, as glaciers from the ice mountains will vanish overtime.

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel also reported that farmers and fishermen will be negatively impacted by climate change.

Safari Mbuvi, a Kenyan Farmer, told ABC News that he is trying to bring back his crops from a four year drought.

“Since I was young, my father used to get a bounty harvest in this farm, but now, there seems to be a change in climate and the rains are no longer dependable,” he said. “I will not harvest anything, not even a single sack of maize is possible… And I am not the only one. Every farmer in this area has lost everything.”

The combination of climate change, economic crises, and instability in the continent has resulted in famine. In 2020, a report showed approximately 98 million people experienced severe food insecurity and needed humanitarian support in Africa as a result of global warming.

The U.N. report also said global warming will deplete Africa’s food supply because of water scarcity and short-term growing seasons. This will decrease yields of livestock production, olives, coffee, tea, and sorghum plants. 

According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, the malnourished population in sub-Saharan Africa has increased by 45.6 percent since 2012. 

By 2100, the report said climate change is likely to lead to more than half of the extinction of African bird and mammal species. There may also be a 20 to 25 percent reduction in Africa’s productivity of plant species and lakes because of the warming. 

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