As world leader's in Paris are guilty of navel–gazing over climate change...All over the country, desperate Zimbabweans are gazing forlornly into the cloudless sky and it has dawned on everyone that climate change is no longer a dismissible mantra peddled by fringe scientists but a real danger to livelihoods
President Robert Mugabe took farms from white farmers and gave them to inexperienced natives adding to the tragedy...
With millions of families now at risk of starvation and large numbers of cattle perishing in a frightening drought, a sullen-faced President Robert Mugabe told the ongoing Zanu-PF conference: "We continue to pray for more rain."
On November 13, a 50-seater Air Zimbabwe turboprop travelling from Harare to Kariba failed to land as the mercury shot beyond 43°C.
The captain concluded it was too dangerous to touch down, considering the high likelihood of engine malfunction and the aircraft tyres bursting upon contact with the blazing asphalt.
Aborting the landing, the pilots flew instead to Victoria Falls International Airport, 500 kilometres away, where they waited for the temperatures to cool down.
Airline manager Chris Kwenda said climate change could soon force them to change flight schedules. Mike Tapfuma Moyo, a private pilot who flies in Africa and the Middle East, told African Independent that high temperatures make flying tricky.
"At the best of times, landing an aircraft is no easy task.
It takes skill, concentration and often nerves of steel.
In the aviation industry, there's a reason why we say take-off and landing are the most dangerous segments of a flight," Moyo said.
All over the country, desperate Zimbabweans are gazing forlornly into the cloudless sky and it has dawned on everyone that climate change is no longer a dismissible mantra peddled by fringe scientists but a real danger to livelihoods.
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