08 Jun '12, 4pm

This is scary. Need help putting your #firstworldproblems in context? This photo will do it:

This is scary. Need help putting your #firstworldproblems in context? This photo will do it:

Libya is maybe not in the most stable political situation right now. And don’t tell Ron Paul, but when the central government is out for the count, maintenance services tend to break down. One of the things that’s fallen by the wayside in this time of political turmoil? Pest control. Which means parts of Libya are currently looking like an Old Testament hellscape of locust swarms . Say what you will about Gadhafi, but he did reliably spray for bugs. The U.N.’s Food and Agricultural Organization says that the desert locusts are poised to utterly destroy crops in Libya and neighboring countries like Niger and Mali. Each locust can eat its own weight every day — which may not sound like much, because they’re not that big, but that means that half a million two-gram locusts can eat as much as 2,500 people . And there are billions of them in a swarm. So, yeah, there’s a reason ...

Full article: http://grist.org/list/libya-is-overrun-with-locusts/

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