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Unusual cyclones over the last 2 years created Africa’s locust plague


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Unusual cyclones over the last 2 years created Africa’s locust plague

Environment 1 February 2020 By Michael Marshall Locusts swarming around vegetation north of Nairobi, KenyaTONY KARUMBA/GettyHuge swarms of locusts plaguing eastern Africa are the result of extreme weather events over the last two years. Swarms of desert locusts (Schistocerca gregaria) are rampaging through several countries including Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. The locusts are devastating pastures…

Unusual cyclones over the last 2 years created Africa’s locust plague


Environment



1 February 2020

By Michael Marshall

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Locusts swarming around vegetation north of Nairobi, Kenya

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Huge swarms of locusts plaguing eastern Africa are the result of extreme weather events over the last two years.

Swarms of desert locusts (Schistocerca gregaria) are rampaging through several countries including Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. The locusts are devastating pastures and cropland, threatening the livelihoods of millions of people.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said in a statement that the swarms are unprecedented: “Ethiopia and Somalia have not seen desert locust swarms of this scale in 25 years, while Kenya has not faced a locust …

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