Friday, July 19, 2019

Kenya Hots Up

Kenya’s getting hotter. Much hotter than the 1.5˚C increase that has been deemed acceptable by global leaders, and it is too hot for livestock, wildlife and plants to survive. Thousands of households, dependent on farming and livestock, are at risk too.

According to findings, the thermometer has been climbing steadily upwards across this East African nation’s entire 21 arid and semi-arid counties, with the temperature in a few counties already surpassing the 1.5°C above pre-industrialised levels that research that has predicted would be reached between 2030 and 2052.
The counties are:
  • West Pokot and Elgeyo-Marakwet, which have both recorded an increase of 1.91° C;
  • Turkana and Baringo, which both recorded a 1.8° C increase;
  • Laikipia county which showed a 1.59° C increase and;
  • Narok which had a 1.75° C.
The Kenyan study today noted that humans were already feeling the impact of these increased temperatures as over the last four decades the livestock in some counties have declined by almost a quarter of the overall livestock population because of the temperature increase over this time.
“In all the 21 counties, we observed a 25.2 percent decline in cattle population between 1977 and 2016, and this is directly linked to the increased heat,” Dr Mohammed Yahya Said, the lead investigator and a consulting scientist at Kenya Markets Trust, which conducted the research, tells IPS. “This is a very disturbing statistic especially for a pastoral community whose main livelihoods are derived from livestock,” remarks Said. He explains that according to projections, temperatures are most likely to increase even further, which called for informed preparedness. He did not say how much higher the temperature would rise.˚c/

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