Why? I thought the whole point of the fight against global warming was to create a greener world.
Six thousand years ago during the Holocene Climatic Optimum the Sahara desert was covered in lakes and vegetation. All this went away when the world cooled. Some of the poorest people in the world, descendants of survivors of the great drying, struggle to survive by scratching a living in the Sahel, the marginal land on the southern edge of the Sahara.
But now, thanks to global warming, the Sahel region of Western Africa will get wetter, according to WMO’s Regional Strategic Office Director, Filipe Lucio.
Wouldn’t you consider this good news?
Imagine the benefits to Africa and Arabia, and other arid equatorial regions, if global warming restored the ancient Monsoons, which failed 6000 years ago after the end of the Holocene Optimum? Northern Africa and Arabia could once again be like the Garden of Eden.
But no. “Overall, Africa needs to take action,” said Lucio. “Action is needed today in terms of adaptation, but also is needed tomorrow in terms of mitigation.”
Lest you be mislead, please understand that the initials ‘WMO’ stand for the World Meteorological Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations. Can we really believe anything they say?
Here’s the UN report: