Environmental roundup around the planet

The situation surrounding Lake Chad is a disaster in the making. If a similar situation had occurred in Europe, the involved countries would have examined the problem and then resolved it in a timeframe that would not have allowed such a dire situation to come about. However, given that this is the African continent the parties have failed to employ a united response and, as such, this lake has shrunk to 90% of its size, causing unemployment and distress to the 20 – 30 million people who depend on it. Only now are these countries – Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon – thinking about sorting out the problem, but it is probably already too late and the solution – a huge infrastructure project – too expensive and impractical to implement.

Lake Chad: Can the vanishing lake be saved?

Lake ChadImage copyright GETTY IMAGES

Lake Chad – a source of water to millions of people in West Africa – has shrunk by nine-tenths due to climate change, population growth and irrigation. But can a scheme dating back to the 1980s save it?



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