For months, hundreds of millions of locusts have been flying across East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East, forming the largest swarms seen in decades. New swarms are continuing to spread from Kenya to Iran, and the worst swarms”those over the Horn of Africa”are multiplying quickly.
East Africa is currently plagued with locust swarms of biblical proportions, but these swarms aren’t the act of an angry god. According to UN scientists, they may be a result of the human-caused climate crisis.
Locusts contain multitudes. Though traditionally associated with Biblical plagues that destroy crops, it turns out that they could have a second career as remote-controlled cyborgs that sniff out explosives. This possibility is only slightly less terrifying.