Deforestation risks turning Somalia to desert (via AFP)

Hassan Hussein cuts down 40 trees every month to fuel his charcoal business, fully aware of the impact his action has on the environment. But for the livestock keeper, the forests are the last remaining resource. And he is not alone. Hundreds of thousands of Somalia’s traditional pastoralist herders…

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  1. slamfu November 19, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Man that poor country just can’t catch a break.

  2. RON BEASLEY November 19, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    We do hear about peak oil but what no one want’s to talk about is peak people – that’s the real problem.

  3. zephyr November 20, 2012 at 9:51 am

    The problems associated with uncontrolled human population growth have been known about for many decades, yet they continue to worsen. Are we as a species simply too witless and undisciplined to take the long view? I rarely even hear people talk about it. It’s discouraging to say the least. Of course I sympathize with the poor wood cutters and their families, but even they know they are doing something terrible in order to survive in the short term.

  4. slamfu November 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Its not that we as a species are witless, its just managing a nations resources is not something that random collections of citizens can do. This is the kind of thing that happens when you have a weak central govt. Individuals can only logically look out for themselves, especially in this case. The idea that they have so little infrastructure that in this day and age their primary source of energy comes from burning wood is testament to that. Such a complete lack of central planning and resource mgmt is always going to be a disaster.