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“The grass does not grow”: In Chile’s far south, the worst drought in 50 years

A view of parched earth as a wetland is drying up, in Punta Arenas, Chile February 2, 2023.

Punta Arenas, ChileReuters In Chile’s remote south, the country’s gateway to the Antarctic, the worst drought in half a century is hitting cattle ranchers and vegetable farmers, leaving the earth so dry in some areas that grass cannot grow for grazing. The Andean copper producing nation, currently battling deadly fires in the south-central region, is […]

Goats, sheep and livelihoods lost to floods and cold in northern Kenya

Kenya North Horr livestock deaths

North Horr, KenyaReuters The carcasses of goats and sheep strewn across the scrubland of northern Kenya are testament to the devastation wrought by the once-in-a-generation floods that have hit the region. In just one area of Marsabit County, herders lost around 20,000 goats and sheep last week after the torrential rain, Roba Koto, the top […]

Curb climate change, protect environment to prevent future pandemics, countries told

Pigs on a US farm

Nairobi, KenyaThomson Reuters Foundation Land degradation, wildlife exploitation, intensive farming and climate change are driving the rise in diseases that, like the coronavirus, are passed from animals to humans, United Nations experts said on Monday. The UN Environment Programme and International Livestock Research Institute jointly identified seven trends responsible for such diseases, known as zoonotic, […]