An article titled ‘A plague of locusts has descended on East Africa. Climate change may be to blame’ by Madeleine Stone in the National Geographic that discusses the relationship between the 2019-20 desert locust swarms in East Africa and climate change. The article focuses on how rising sea surface temperatures, storms and cyclones, changing ocean circulation patterns caused by human activity may have triggered this trans-oceanic disaster and destruction of food supply.
Students will learn about how climate change triggered the mass migration of the desert locusts over East Africa. They will also learn about the unseasonal cyclones and storms that led to unusual locust breeding that resulted in the widespread destruction of crops and disrupted the food chain in East Africa.
Use this tool to help your students find answers to:
- What are desert locusts?
- Is climate change responsible for the current locust outbreak in East Africa? Discuss.
- How is the locust plague causing food insecurity in some countries?
About the tool:
|Tool Name||A plague of locusts has descended on East Africa. Climate change may be to blame|
|Discipline||Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences|
|Topic(s) in Discipline||Locust Plague, Desert Locust, Food Security, Species Migration, Agriculture|
|Climate Topic||Climate Change and Food Security; Climate and Agriculture|
|Type of tool||Reading|
|Grade Level||High School, Undergraduate|
|Location||Africa, East Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Yemen|
|Developed by||Madeleine Stone|
|Hosted at||National Geographic|