Deforestation is causing more storms in west Africa, finds 30-year satellite study

An increased risk of flooding, caused by frequent storms, has been linked to deforestation in west Africa. Image: Pixabay/ Picography

Christopher Taylor

Meteorologist, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Douglas Parker

Professor of Meteorology, University of Leeds


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Coastal settlements in west Africa are being subject to more storms, and increased levels of flooding. Image: Pixabay/Hunt_on_Photos_Studio

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Mudslides killed more than 1,000 people in Sierra Leone following three days of torrential rain in 2017. Image: Ernest Henry/EPA

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