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Africa faces increased drought and major forest fires by 2050 | Natural Disasters

By 2050, dry weather, blazing forests, and, consequently, a catastrophic drop in harvests are expected in the south of the Black Continent, according to the published report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

If the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) collapses, Atlantic Ocean currents will slow, causing the continent's monsoon season to weaken. And these are just some alarming predictions issued by a panel of weather change experts. The paper is based on an analysis of 14,000 peer-reviewed journal articles and related data.

“The report provides new estimates of the chances of overcoming 1.5C of global warming in the coming decades and concludes that unless there is an immediate, rapid, and large-scale reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the consequences for the planet will be irreversible,” the IPCC says.

Scientists believe that the changes are directly related to human activity, as evidenced by the 1.1C rises in global temperature with the start of the second industrial revolution. Nevertheless, there is still time to take action to limit many of the risks.

“Stabilizing the climate will require rapid and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, which could have benefits for both public health and the planet as a whole,” the paper notes.

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