El Niño leaves hunger in its wake

By Lou Del Bello     An estimated 10.2 million people are now food insecure in Ethiopia, as a result of an exceptional drought exacerbated by the El Niño event that began last year. The situation not only in the country but also across the whole of East Africa is predicted to worsen in coming …

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Africa Analysis: Continent’s science making progress

By Linda Nordling As 2015 ends amid fear of terrorism and climate change, African science is making progress, Linda Nordling writes. Some good news, at last. To many of the earth’s inhabitants, 2015 has been a year of hardship. Millions fled their homes to escape the spectre of war. Droughts and floods have brought societies …

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El Niño: Meet the man who tries to predict the unpredictable

By Tania Rabesandratana In 1985, El Niño research pioneers Mark Cane and Steve Zebiak came up with the first computer model that successfully predicted the periodic Pacific Ocean warming event the following year. Thirty years later, models have improved — but El Niño remains an elusive beast, says Cane. “The models have gotten better and …

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The 3 culprits behind South Africa’s weird weather patterns

Caradee Yael Wright, South African Medical Research Council; Francois Engelbrecht, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and Neville Sweijd, Applied Centre for Climate and Earth Systems Science As maximum temperatures soared to 39℃ in South Africa’s capital city, Pretoria, during the second week of November, residents were asking: why is it so unbearably hot this …

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El Niño rains could be double-edged sword for Kenya

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] Kenya should take advantage of the predicted El Niño-related rainfall expected to peak this month and extend to early parts of 2016, according to meteorologists. Kenyan meteorologists say that although the rains will negatively impact on people and their livelihoods, the country should be prepared to reap the benefits of the …

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