Navigation Links
Impact of Climate Change in Africa

Africa is the continent that will suffer most under global warming. Past history gives us lessons on the likely effects of future climate change//. Of greatest concern are the 'large infrequent disturbances' to the climate as these will have the most devastating effects. In a remarkable study from the Kenyan Tsavo National Park published today in the African Journal of Ecology, Dr Lindsey Gillson uncovers evidence for a drought that coincided with the harrowing period of Maasai history at the end of the 19th century termed 'Emutai' meaning to wipe out.

'Severe disturbance events and rapid environmental change tend to occur infrequently, but can have a lasting effect on both environment and society' says Dr Gillson. This was no-where more evident than in the case of the Maasai 'Emutai'. The period 1883-1902 was marked by epidemics of bovine pleuropneumonia, rinderpest and small pox. The rains failed completely in 1897 and 1898. The Austrian explorer Dr Oscar Baumann, who travelled in Maasailand in 1891, wrote chilling eye-witness accounts of the horror experienced during a large ecological disturbance: 'There were women wasted to skeletons from whose eyes the madness of starvation glared ... warriors scarcely able to crawl on all fours, and apathetic, languishing elders. Swarms of vultures followed them from high, awaiting their certain victims.' (Baumann 1894, Masailand)

Ecological shocks such as that experienced by the Maasai are predicted to be a feature of global warming. 'It is important to use long-term historical and palaeoecological data to try to understand the frequency and effects of extreme events, and the way societies and ecosystems respond to them' Lindsey Gillson explains. Her work involved analysing sediments from the famous Tsavo National Park. Age of the sediments was obtained using radiocarbon dating and analysis of the pollen and charcoal fragments enabled a picture of environmental changes to be built up. 'It is pains taking work, but the results were clear' says Dr Gillson 'at the time of the Emutai there was a drought, an increase in burning and soil erosion: indicators of a large infrequent disturbance'.

Dr Jon Lovett, who has been researching the impacts of climate change on Africa, says that we must learn from history and be prepared 'Events like this are going to become more common in the future, and we need to be ready for them' he says. 'Lindsey's work is important because it shows what has happened in the past, we are now forewarned. But the big question remains – will policy makers take any notice?'

Source-Eurekalert
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Impact on Lung function based on exposure
2. Personality Impacts Arthritis
3. Support Services found to Dramatically Impact Pediatric Health Care
4. The Impact of Stress Early In Life
5. Environmental Factors Found To Have An Impact On The Sex of A Child
6. Environmental Factors Found To Have An Impact On The Sex of A Child
7. Negative Impact Of Hepatitis C Infection In Renal Transplant Recipients
8. Earth Will Feel The Impact Of Global Warming
9. Obesity Has Adverse Impact On Breast Cancer Survival
10. Clinical Impact of Activity and Abdominal Pressure on Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Need to Be Further Analyzed
11. Impact Of Late Motherhood on Children
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:1/21/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... January 21, 2017 , ... Phytocéane ... Indian Ocean, isolated from the rest of the world with ZANZIBAR SHOWER GEL. Inspired ... Phytocéane used key ingredients, Virgin Coconut Oil and moisturizing vegetal coral to create this ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... ... January 21, 2017 , ... The ... Dr. Dan Holtzclaw in media for its creos™ line of bone regenerative products. ... Dr. Holtzclaw in which he utilizes creos™ allo.gain™ bone graft for a variety ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... Doctor C LLC, a company ... January ECRM trade show to continue the marketing and distribution of its product, The ... for providing 400 percent better absorption than traditional vitamin C supplements. At the trade ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... Michael and Betsy Brauser ... Cancer Institute. For Betsy, the clinical trial has been life-saving as she has ... worsened. , Betsy Brauser was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009. She underwent ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... ... Word: Chocolate Biscuit”: a biographical account following a man who went on to support his ... Marlyn Ivey, born in Lynn Haven, Florida and at the age of 5, his family ... age, he joined the Navy and got married right out of boot camp. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/19/2017)... Germany Cataract Surgery Devices Market Outlook ... Cataract Surgery Devices Market Outlook to 2022", provides key ... The report provides value, in millions of US dollars, ... segements - Phacoemulsification Equipment and Ophthalmic Viscoelastic Devices (OVD). ... shares data for each of these market segements, and ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... Jan. 19, 2017 Report Details ... Which areas are going to grow at the fastest ... 2026, assessing data, trends, opportunities and prospects. Our ... the most lucrative areas in the industry and the ... forecasted sales across the all the major categories of ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... , Jan. 19, 2017 The U.S. Food ... of Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC) in adult patients. ... chronic gastrointestinal disorders," said Julie Beitz , M.D., director ... Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "With the availability of ... appropriate treatment for their condition." ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: