An increased number of cyclones in the past 3 years in the Indian Ocean has played a role in the current upsurge in locust activity.
Warming oceans that feed cyclones have also bred record-breaking swarms of desert locusts. Such plagues could grow bigger and more widespread with climate change.
The locust attacks of 2019–2020 are the worst of the past 30 years. Credit: Sarwar Panhwar
This year’s locust attacks, which spread from Kenya to Pakistan and India, are the worst in the past 30 years.
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