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Author: : Kristoffer Tigue Published: 4/30/2023  Inside Climate News

A years-long drought in the Horn of Africa would not have happened without the influence of human-caused climate change, a group of scientists have concluded.

The region, which includes Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, has suffered from drought conditions since the fall of 2020. While climate change has had only a minimal effect on rainfall, the researchers said, increased heat has forced more evaporation from plants and soils, drying them out. Tens of millions of people and animals have been pushed into starvation as a result of the drought and other instability in the region.

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