South African scientists will this week present evidence of a comet that struck Earth, heating the sands of the Sahara desert to 2,000 degrees Celsius (3,632 degrees Fahrenheit) and forming the silica glass found in Egyptian King Tutankhamun’s scarab broach.
Dust from the Sahara Desert that’s affecting U.K. air quality will cloud German skies tomorrow and cut reliability of forecasts for solar power generation, according to the weather forecaster MeteoGroup.
Timbuktu, the centuries-old Malian center of Islamic learning on the southern edge of the Sahara desert, is rebuilding after Islamist militants razed some of its most revered shrines built in the 14th and 15th centuries.
Shehu Bello leaned on a staff as he stood guard over his two dozen head of cattle grazing outside Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, and spoke grimly about his two main adversaries: farmers and desertification.
Cocoa farmers in Ivory Coast, the world’s largest producer of the beans, will harvest the biggest crop in three years this season partly due to “good” rains during the dry period, according to Ecobank Transnational Inc.