East Africans Battle A Plague Of Locusts Brought On By Climate Change

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a man holds two yellow locusts
A farmer in Kiaruni, Kenya shows two mature desert locust, part of a swarm which destroyed the crop in his village. Taken on February 14, 2020.
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A swarm of locusts the size of a city may sound biblical, but it’s the reality right now in East Africa. The pest is devouring the food supply of tens of millions of people, wreaking havoc on crops and pasturelands. Local residents are doing all they can to keep the swarms at bay, but the locusts may be here to stay for a while, as experts suggest their presence may be due to climate change. 

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