Rain comes from the sky

I have been meaning to write this for days now but have found ways to put it off.
I was trying to sort it out in my mind as well as maintain a level of objectivity...
Well, technically it does, the clouds absorb water from lakes and oceans, which fills up the cloud and down comes the rain. But that is beside the point; the point is that because of global warming- the increase in the average temperature of the earth's air and oceans since the mid 20th century-the rivers and lakes are drying up so there is less water for the evaporation process necessary for rain.
Forests like the Mau are very important because trees do away with greenhouse gasses by using up carbon dioxide molecules. Once the CO2 is removed from the atmosphere oxygen is released into the air. Chopping down these trees as is seen in the Mau nullifies this process. Furthermore the trees in the forest prevent sunlight from reaching the ground, when trees are felled their stumps decomposition is hastened resulting in the faster absorption of carbon back into the air.
Due to continual deforestation and slow reforestation - the replanting of felled trees - increases the amount of carbon in the atmosphere, this increase warms the earth.
The effects of deforestation and in extension global warming have been felt in significantly in the country with an erratic weather pattern of extreme heat and cold, drought and flooding.
As I sit here typing furiously and boiling I am left to wonder about the metrological scientist's prediction of the onset of El nino this month, as things stand right this second that is little more than a pipe dream.
Our politicians did not miss out on the opportunity to do their thing. Once those in the forest had been evicted William Samoi Ruto flew down in haste on a mission; to deliver his message that the evictees should not move one step form their new homes until the government found them new housing.
This week the Agricultural minister seems to be dancing to a new beat as he now insists that the Mau issue should not be politicised. Well, that took him a while...
Our MP's would do well do well to follow the PM's stance; he will take no prisoners on the matter.
The country will do well to head the continued calls of the Green Belt and Wangari Mathai.

Kenya is extremely dependant on water towers such as the Mau for commodities such as electricity, and without much water to provide the hydro power needed to give us lights we may just be having a dark Christmas or at least an expensive new year!

Comments

  1. Your way with words is exquisite...good stuff.

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  2. Good stuff. By the way have you tried submitting some of this articles to some magazines? I would pay to read this! just a thought.

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