Fifteen years of African drought

Kerr, R.A. (1985) Fifteen years of African drought. Science, 227 (4693 ). 1453-1454 .

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When it began, back in the 1960's, the impending drought appeared to be simply a return to more normal weather after the wet decade of the 1950's. From the perspective of 1985, however, the sub-Saharan drought of the past 15 years is seen to have been the worst in 150 years, and the past 2 years were the driest of the century. The exceptional persistence, severity, and broad expanse of the drought suggest that man's role in the disaster has been limited to aggravating human suffering; nature, not man, created the drought. It may be years before this one ends, and it will happen again.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Social Sciences
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2010 21:18
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2010 20:26
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