Terror Rising From the Desert (U.S. News & World Report)


In an opinion piece in U.S. News & World Report, Associate Professor of History George R. Trumbull IV says the world ignores at its peril the effect of climate change on the Sahara, its people, and its politics.

“Although scientists disagree about the specific impact of climate change on Africa’s Sahara desert and its environs, all emphasize its particular mutability,” writes Trumbull, the author of An Empire of Facts: Colonial Power, Cultural Knowledge, and Islam in Algeria, 1871-1914.

“Recent studies emphasize the possibility for geographically localized increases in rainfall, while others suggest an intensification of already-searing episodic droughts. Whatever happens, its magnitude and unpredictability will further destabilize the region,” writes Trumbull, a Dartmouth Public Voices fellow.

Read the full opinion piece, published 2/21/14 by U.S. News & World Report.

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