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African Union urged to bring political clout to Egypt climate talks

Thursday - Africa has been trying for years to get its special needs and circumstances officially recognised in UN climate talks, without success. The bloc left Glasgow last month disenchanted once again.

The ‘idea’: Uncovering the peatlands of the Congo Basin

Thursday - The notion seemed straightforward: A massive swamp in the Congo Basin relatively unknown to most of the world, apart from a few human communities and a bewildering array of wildlife, could be the ideal spot for a carbon-rich soil known as peat.

Nigeria commits to annual carbon budgets to reach net zero under climate law

23 Nov 21 - Nigeria has become the first major developing country to commit to set annual carbon budgets to plot its path to cutting emissions to net zero.

What role can nuclear energy play in Africa’s climate transition?

22 Nov 21 - African states should not be denied the opportunity to use nuclear energy, but it should be a solution of last resort, argues arms control expert Olamide Samuel.

Mozambique first country to receive World Bank forestry emission reducation payment

18 Oct 21 - Mozambique has become the first country to receive payments from a World Bank trust fund for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation—commonly known as REDD+.

Is a ‘climate action famine’ inevitable after Cop26?

8 Oct 21 - At-risk African countries must put pressure on those with the most resources to tackle the climate crisis – and they must do it now, argues Hannah Ryder the CEO of Development Reimagined.

Voices from global south muted by climate science

7 Oct 21 - Climate change academics from some of the regions worst hit by warming are struggling to be published, according to a new analysis.


Zimbabwe and South Africa pledge big cuts to emissions

28 Sep 21 - South Africa and Zimbabwe have both announced ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions in the lead-up to COP-26.

Opinion: The West owes Africa $100bn (at least) for climate recovery

27 Sep 21 - This week, as about 100 world leaders gather to attend the 76th session of the UN general assembly, a call for rich countries to urgently scale up assistance to help Africa address the twin...

Zimbabwe opens new coal mines

31 Aug 21 - Zimbabwe's government says more coal mining will create jobs and give the country's power supply a much-needed boost, but critics warn the environmental cost is too high.

Africa's mountain forests store more carbon than previously thought

27 Aug 21 - Tropical forests may be local to the tropics, yet they all have global benefits. In addition to serving as refuges of the planet’s stunning, if shrinking, biodiversity, these forests store large...

Kenyan health experts say climate change fuelling disease burden

20 Aug 21 - Kenya is witnessing a spike in both infectious and non-communicable diseases as the climate crisis escalates in the country, experts said at a virtual forum in Nairobi.

Madagascar famine solely due to climate change

22 Jul 21 - Madagascar's famine is the first in modern history to be solely caused by global warming, according to Time Magazine.

Climate action must take into account women’s right to land

25 Jun 21 - Climate action plans have to include measures to redress women disproportionately affected by deforestation and plantation expansion, argues Human Rights researcher Juliana Nnoko-Mewanu.

Uganda's charcoal boom threat to health

18 Jun 21 - Growing demand for charcoal for cooking in Uganda is causing large scale environmental degradation and threatening public health and the environment.

Earliest known war driven by climate change

28 May 21 - A new study suggests the earliest known evidence of organised warfare - the 13,000 years old remains of a massacre in Jebel Sahaba, Egypt - was the result of climate change.

Kenya to set up an ETS

13 May 21 - Kenya aims to set up an emissions trading system that will allow companies and other bodies to buy emissions allowances, the finance minister said on Tuesday, as the country strives to limit the...

Great Green Wall promises better lives to African farmers

7 May 21 - Africa’s Great Green Wall, a climate crisis initiative that offers hope for some of the continent’s most beleaguered farmers, is back on a steady trajectory after securing $14 billion in new funding...

Blanket bans on fossil-fuel will entrench poverty

23 Apr 21 - Africa needs reliable energy infrastructure, not rich-world hypocrisy, argues Vijaya Ramachandran in Nature.


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