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Climate Change Issues for Etosha Pan, Namibia

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April 20th, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Salt Flats

Namibia – April 20th, 2013

The Etosha pan is a large 20-kilometre-long (75-mile-long) endorheic salt pan forming part of the Kalahari Basin in the north of Namibia. The pan is protected due to its designated as a Ramsar wetland of international importance; however, temperatures in Namibia have been rising at three times the global average rate for the twentieth century, and scientists expect the climate to continue to become hotter and drier—which could reduce the range and number of wildlife supported by Etosha. If nothing is done to reduce heat-trapping emissions, the pan faces a net loss of around eight species of mammals by 2050.

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