Madagascar and Climate change

Madagascar’s changing climate

2009

Madagascar is facing political uncertainty as well as the threat of changing weather patterns as a result of global warming. Certain areas of the country are more seriously affected, especially the dryer southern regions. The pressure of increased populations and their demands on the local flora and fauna is having a dramatic impact. As people struggle to produce crops, they supplement their incomes by resorting to chopping trees to sell as building planks and as charcoal. This in tern causes vast deforestation that diminishes the likelihood of clouds releasing rain over these areas. It is a viscous cycle that results in the local populations of humans, fauna and flora facing a precarious future.