Climate Change May Be Greening the Sahara

The Sahara desert is becoming increasingly green, according to satellite imagery -- which scientists are attributing to rising temperatures associated with global climate change.
August 4, 2009, 11am PDT | Nate Berg
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The higher temperatures are said to increase the amount of moisture air can hold, therefore creating more opportunity for rains.

"If sustained, these rains could revitalize drought-ravaged regions, reclaiming them for farming communities.

This desert-shrinking trend is supported by climate models, which predict a return to conditions that turned the Sahara into a lush savanna some 12,000 years ago."

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Published on Monday, August 3, 2009 in National Geographic
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