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Is Global Warming Curing Droughts In North Africa?

790 Talk Now

June 2, 2015

790 Talk Now - A new study claims that global warming has actually benefited Africa’s arid Sahel region in the form of increased rainfall. After suffering devastating droughts in the 1970s and 80s, rainfall has significantly increased.

"As a scientist, I think it is essential to connect the dots between climate change and the increasing risk it poses to our families and communities," Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University, told ThinkProgress.

"Keeping our mouths shut on what the data is telling us, even if it's in fear of vicious reprisals, is like a physician not telling a patient they have a dangerous condition just because they're afraid of the patient's reaction," she said.

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