by Ethan Huff
The United Nations (UN) has issued
an urgent warning about the Sahara Desert, which is in the process
of "greening" apparently due to climate change.
The reversion of the
Sahara from desert back to a type of "Garden of Eden" would
seem, on its surface, to be a good thing.
But because a
changing climate is involved, the U.N. is fearmongering
about how someone needs to do something to stop it.
Published on Oct. 26, the
U.N. announcement explains that Africa has been "warming
progressively" since the start of the last century, and that over
the next five years some big changes are coming.
The northern and southern regions of Africa are slated to become
drier and hotter, according to the U.N., while the
Sahel region of Western Africa is
expected to get a whole lot wetter...
Since the Sahara region
of Africa used to be a whole lot wetter, it has remained over the
past 6,000 years as the uninhabitable desert we all know it to be.
Only now is that
beginning to change, and somehow this is a bad thing because it
could be the result of 'carbon emissions'...
"In recent months we
have seen devastating floods, an invasion of desert locusts and
now face the looming spectre of drought because of a La Niña
event," warned World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Petteri Taalas in a statement.
"The human and economic toll has been aggravated by the
he made sure to add.
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really benefit from all this "greening"
The Sahel region of the southern Sahara is only barely
livable, being the home to the surviving descendants of what that
land used to be.
The prospect of more
moisture and "greening" is good news for these folks,
who barely scratch by doing what they can with the marginal land to
make a living.
If the UN's predictions are correct, Sahelians will once again have
the opportunity to grow things in fertile soil while potentially
building a whole new civilization in the process.
And somehow this is a bad thing to WMO Regional
Strategic Office Director
Filipe Lucio, who during a
recent press conference warned that Africa "needs to take action"
"Action is needed
today in terms of adaptation, but also is needed tomorrow in
terms of mitigation," Lucio is quoted as saying.
The UN further claims
that the agricultural sector,
"is key to building
climate resistance" to these changes since it is "the dominant
employer and it relies on the use of water and energy - both
heavily implicated in climate change."
At the same time, the UN
admits that reforestation of these arid desert lands is beneficial
because it will help,
"to prevent water
runoff" while promoting the growth of vegetation "which supports
the hydrological cycle."
In a non-crazy world,
these beneficial changes would have been headlined by the UN as
evidence that climate change is a good thing that will benefit both
the land and the people who occupy it.
But we do not
live in a non-crazy world...
The UN would rather bellyache over the perceived "threat" of
climate change than acknowledge the
fact that, at least in this case, a changing climate will bring
about a better climate for people who could desperately use some
water and the ability to grow food crops.
"I suspect we shall
run out of fossil fuel long before we release enough CO2
to make the climate that benign,"
writes Eric Worrall for
"Perhaps when recoverable fossil fuel runs out, our descendants
will maintain elevated atmospheric CO2 levels by
using nuclear powered furnaces to roast limestone and other CO2
rich minerals, to alleviate the suffering of our planet's CO2