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What a new global pledge means for climate, nature and gender goals

Monday - World leaders gathered in Paris this week to pledge to make 2024 the “pivotal year” for improving access to clean cooking.

Kenya’s devastating floods expose decades of bad land management

6 May 24 - Floods in Kenya killed at least 169 people between March and April 2024, a result of decades of poor urban planning.

Southern Africa drought flags dilemma for loss and damage fund

2 May 24 - Scientists blame the current drought on El Niño – which could exclude those affected from receiving aid for climate-change damage.

Fifty killed in Kenya floods

1 May 24 - About 50 people have died in Kenya in a deluge following heavy rains and flooding, a Red Cross official has said.

World Bank advises South Africa on climate insurance, contingency fund options

30 Apr 24 - The World Bank is advising South Africa’s National Treasury on a climate risk strategy after floods in recent years caused billions of dollars of damage.

Deadly African heatwave 'impossible' without warming

19 Apr 24 - A deadly heatwave in West Africa and the Sahel was "impossible" without human-induced climate change, scientists say.

Africa's carbon sink capacity is shrinking

8 Apr 24 - The population of Africa, the second-largest continent in the world, currently sits at about 1.4 billion, but is set to exceed 2 billion by 2040.


Meet the Nigerian women spearheading solar projects

5 Apr 24 - The African country has the lowest access to electricity in the world. Women and girls are bearing the brunt of energy poverty.

How the the African Forest Restoration Initiative threatens savannas and grasslands

3 Apr 24 - A recent paper published in Science warns that “Across Africa, vast areas of nonforest are threatened by inappropriate restoration in the form of tree planting.”

"The water is eating the island"

26 Mar 24 - Villagers hang onto the last patch of Sierra Leone’s Nyangai Island, knowing that their home may soon disappear.

Back-to-back climate disasters leave millions of Malawians in deepening need

21 Mar 24 - Millions of Malawians are struggling with the impacts of back-to-back climate disasters that have deepened the poverty of subsistence farmers and undermined the ability of the cash-strapped...

‘We don’t need air con’: how Burkina Faso builds schools that stay cool in 40C heat

5 Mar 24 - Architects use local materials and merge traditional techniques with modern technology to make schools and orphanages cool, welcoming places.

Alarming Africa-wide report predicts 30% drop in crop revenue, 50 million without water

1 Mar 24 - African countries will suffer significant economic loss after 2050 if global warming is not limited to below 2°C, a new study by the Center for Global Development has found.

Real solutions to climate change in Africa are about people, not profit

1 Mar 24 - The continent’s leaders should resist quick fixes and deadly traps offered by the market and bring the people at the centre of the climate action.

Africa's ice is disappearing: Tropical ice fields demonstrate speed of climate change

22 Feb 24 - The ice on the high summits of the continent is rapidly disappearing, and Africa may lose its white peaks by the middle of our century.

Italy’s energy deal faces backlash in Africa

8 Feb 24 - Critics charge that a plan that aims to curb migration will derail the continent’s climate change agenda.

Climate change behind Africa cholera surge, top health officials say

2 Feb 24 - The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the continent’s chief health advisory body, has tied the worst outbreak of cholera in three years to climate change.

Climate change worsens human trafficking of the poor in Sierra Leone

31 Jan 24 - Sierra Leone’s poorest communities have long been prey to human traffickers. Climate change is making things worse.

East Africa's new love affair with geothermal energy

30 Jan 24 - There has been little interest in geothermal power in East Africa but Kenya's trailblazing energy transformation policy is now inspiring others.


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