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Climate Change And The Myth Of Lake Chad

by | 27th, December 2009

CLIMATE change can be blamed for just about anyting – including the shrinking of Lake Chad. Problem is that climate change isn’t to blame for Lake Chad’s palsied condition.

Whisper it: Africa is not some land at the mercy of your fridge freezer. Africa is functioning place where people use resources to better lives and and live.

Richard North investigates:

“BREAKING news” in Kenya’s The Nation today tells us that Lake Chad was bigger than Israel less than 50 years ago. Now, we are told, its surface area is less than a tenth of its earlier size, amid forecasts the lake could disappear altogether within 20 years.

And, of course, the cause is … climate change, with a walk-on part for “overuse”. These factors have put one of Africa’s mightiest lakes in mortal danger, and the livelihoods of the 30 million people who depend on its waters is hanging by a thread as a result.

The National Geographic News for 26 April 2001, however, had a slightly different story, recording how two researchers from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, have been working to determine the causes of Lake Chad’s shrinkage. In a report published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, they concluded that human activities were to blame.

Interestingly, Pajamasmedia notes today that, in the year Obama was born, Kenya had higher per capita income than South Korea. The reasons for this and the current situation with Lake Chad are not entirely unrelated.

The one thing for sure, it is not currently, lack of water. Even the BBC admits that “other factors” include “irrigation and the damming of rivers feeding the lake for hydro-electric schemes.” – RN

Hydro-electric power? In Africa? No, no. This is all about the West, says the narrative. Africa will do what we want it to. It has no say in the matter. Right?

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