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Introduction: Africa Droughts and Floods (02:12)


This brief overview of Saharan dust in the atmosphere orients viewers with excerpts from the upcoming program.

Aerosols and the Climate (04:50)

Particles in the air can influence the Earth's temperature. Professor Richard Washington's team collects data about Saharan dust clouds.

West African Monsoon (02:51)

Bernice Notenboom travels the Niger River to determine how changes in the monsoon affect local residents. The Niger and Bonny Rivers receive 60-70% of their waters as rain.

Benenikenyi (04:13)

The village was recently flooded by increased monsoon rains. Climate change caused the monsoon season and droughts in Africa to become more erratic.

Extreme Weather Changes (02:08)

Notenboom travels the Niger River on her way to Lake Débo. Erratic weather occurs along the river.

Niger Inland Wetlands (04:03)

Th wetlands are vital to the people and animals in the Niger Delta Region. Safe water is a major concern for those living in the area.

Bemako Weather (01:52)

Notenboom meets with Mali's chief meteorologist to discuss how climate change affects the country. He predicts that extreme weather will result in starving citizens.

African Rainforests (04:45)

Notenboom meets Michael Marshall to explore the rainforest. The African rainforest stores carbon from all over the world and supplies much-needed moisture to local regions.

Indian Ocean (02:06)

Dr. Mathieu explains how the warming of the Indian Ocean affects ocean currents and subsequently climate and weather change.

Agulhas Current (02:16)

The Agulhas current's role on global climate was not prominent, until now. An expert explains its flow pattern. Scientists try to determine what could happen if the current were to become faster or slower.

Monitoring Currents (03:42)

Notenboom travels on a floating lab boat with Dr. Tommy Bornman to see climate signs in action. His team uses various technologies to monitor important ocean currents.

Fynbos (03:33)

The Western Cape of South Africa has unique biodiversity. This ecosystem depends on changing seasons and may not survive if global warming continues.

Namib Desert (04:29)

NASA predicted that the current rate of global warming is 100 times faster than previous Earth shifts. Notenboom visits the Gobabeb Science and Research Center to learn how they monitor changes in climate.

Gobabeb Local Community (02:20)

The Science and Research Center works with local residents to help them adapt their farming practices to the weather changes.

Africa's Vulnerability (03:53)

The people of Africa are heavily affected by global climate change but have limited resources to deal with those effects. Experts discuss methods to help combat global warming.

Credits: Africa Droughts and Floods (01:07)

Credits: Africa Droughts and Floods

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Africa Droughts and Floods: The Tipping Points

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Global climate change significantly affects the people of Africa. Bernice Notenboom leads an expedition from far North of the Sahara to a far south Cape Town to explore climate changes affecting Africa’s vital weather systems that provide natural rain to 90% of their subsistent farming. In this film, Notenboom visits Benenikenyi village, discusses climate change with Mali's chief meteorologist, and learns how farmers are adapting their practices to meet the changing climate.

Length: 53 minutes

Item#: BVL93800

ISBN: 978-1-68272-004-2

Copyright date: ©2013

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