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Climate Change Creating Harsher Conditions in Namib Desert, Namibia

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February 7th, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Deserts

Namibia – January 27th, 2013

Living in the Namib desert was never easy due to extreme temperatures and sparse vegetation, but signs that climate change may be worsening the already harsh conditions in this area of desert have led to concern over how local farmers will water crops.

Namibia is the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa, with annual rainfall varying between 30 millimetres (1.2 inches) in the desert to as much as 500 millimetres in the extreme northeastern Caprivi Region. Climate change may already be making the situation worse, with increases in temperature of around 1.2 degrees Celsius observed.

According to scientists, in recent years, hot temperatures are getting hotter, hot days of above 35 degrees Celsius are becoming more frequent and the number of cold nights decreasing. Rainfall seasons are already starting later and ending earlier, affecting subsistence farmers who grow staple foods (click here to read more).

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