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Climate Change, Coal Worsen Somalia’s Four-Year Drought

Feb. 20, 2018, 3:20 PM

A drought that has haunted Somalia throughout four rainy seasons has led to pervasive land degradation, a rise in coal production, and a growing humanitarian crisis, and relief is not yet in sight.

The country’s vulnerability to drought and desertification is projected to increase, according to a January report from the United Nations that linked the country’s lack of rain to climate change.

“We know that cyclical droughts in the Horn of Africa will continue to drive high levels of need in Somalia if urgent investments are not made in strengthening resilience to disasters,” the report said. “Over 4.4 ...

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