Wednesday 27 May 2020

Desert Locust Plague

The Desert Locust Plague of 2020, now swarming across India and poised to cause famine in its path, is a perfect example of how the impacts of climate change in one part of the world could affect an altogether different region. Experts believe that the bumper breeding of these crop-raiding locusts this year traces back to unforeseen imbalances in the Indian Ocean Dipole (yes, the same phenomenon linked with the bushfires of Australia) and two cyclonic events in East Africa that created ephemeral lakes in the desert and facilitated locust breeding.

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