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Climate Change Is Here--and It Looks Like Starvation

By Ben Ehrenreich
The Nation

hereís a blur where the horizon once was, a question mark nagging at every sentence you might think to form. The daffodils are pretty, but arenít they a little early this year? Is it okay to enjoy the warmth of the sun on your bare arms in February? Some of us get to experience climate change as something like a mood, an unwelcome sixth sense that allows us to imagine everything we know and love in ruins. It becomes concrete only in sudden, headline-grabbing bursts: a typhoon here, a wildfire there, another species somewhere lost. Itís real enough, we know, but mainly we experience it as a shadow cast by something that hasnít happened yet. To some of us, at least.

It is not everywhere so abstract. In 2017, I visited the independent but unrecognized nation of Somaliland, the northern third of what usually gets called Somalia. Crisscrossing the roadless savannah, I quickly learned that cadavers meant a village was near. Usually they started a few miles out: mainly sheep and goats, but also camels and donkeys drying to leather on the bare, red earth. The previous year, the autumn rains had failed to arrive. The spring rains didnít come either. Everywhere people told me drought had taken as much as 90 percent of their herdsóthe primary form of capital in an overwhelmingly pastoral economy. And everywhere I saw people on the move: in desperate search of pasture, or, having already lost everything, of some other source of sustenance. New communities were forming on the edges of the cities, ragged camps of the displaced, once-proud herders reduced to gathering gravel for pennies a day with no prospects ahead but further loss.

That was nearly two years ago. Last year, the spring rains came hard, but the herds were gone, the damage done. Most of the countryís wealth had been reduced already to bones. The fallís rains were weak again, and hunger is once more on the march. In the Horn of Africa, invisibly to most Western eyes, the catastrophe of climate change has already altered everything.

Last week, the international NGO CARE published its third annual report on the worldís ten most under-reported humanitarian crises. Being a battleground in the USís war on terror still gets you in the news sometimes, which is likely why Somalia did not rate a mention, but its neighbor, Ethiopia, received the unwelcome honor of making the list twice. It held second place for hunger in its east, where the same drought that hit Somalia two years ago has left more than three million people in need of humanitarian aid, and seventh place for massive displacement in the south, where violence broke out between pastoral and agricultural communities last spring. (Throughout the continent, drought is spurring deadly conflicts between herders and farmers over land rights.) By the end of the summer, nearly a million people had fled their homes. This year, CARE highlighted the fact that almost all of these crises can be traced in large part to climate change.

Climate change isn't in some crystal ball showing the future. It's in the mirror. Now. And the worst effects WILL be coming to us a lot sooner than we currently think!

Posted by nightshift worker | Fri Mar 1, 2019, 10:59 AM (7 replies)
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