Simulations offer human-wildlife solutions for Botswana, Zimbabwe

Along the border between Botswana and Zimbabwe, researchers are using computer model simulations to understand the impacts of human-wildlife conflict and how to reduce its costs to both the community and the surrounding ecosystem. Still a pilot program funded by the European Union, the approach is used in the Hwange-Kazuma-Chobe…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

IMF: Climate plays a role in up to 38% of Africa’s communal conflicts

Many studies of climate and its relationship to conflict have been inconclusive, with mixed results on how drought or deforestation might be driving tensions that can lead to violence. A new International Monetary Fund working paper, seeking to shed light on climate-conflict dynamics specifically on the African continent, details how…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Biden calls for AU membership in G20 and UN Security Council

President Joe Biden of the United States affirmed the goals of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 on Thursday, calling for the AU’s permanent membership in the G20 while reiterating his support for an African seat on the United Nations Security Council. “African voices, African leadership, African innovation all are critical…

Kenya investigates sale of native baobab trees to Georgian site

Kenyan officials have shut down a plan to ship eight native baobab trees to the nation of Georgia, instead insisting that it’s critical to protect Kenya’s own biodiversity and honor its international commitments. “The Convention on Biological Diversity has three objectives,” said Soipan Tuya, who was appointed Kenya’s Environment and…

EU on COP27 deal: ‘We have treated some of the symptoms’

The now-completed COP27 climate talks in Sharm el-Sheikh have resulted in a deal on loss and damages to help the world’s most vulnerable nations cope with climate change impacts they already experience. The outcome of the talks, which extended past the deadline as negotiators hammered out details, were welcomed by…

COP27 talks extended as hope remains for loss and damage deal

Climate talks in Sharm el-Sheikh, scheduled to wrap up on Friday, will continue through at least Saturday, according to Egyptian media outlets citing Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. Shoukry said he remains concerned about many outstanding issues at the COP27 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Shoukry met with United Nations…

Study: Climate change made Lake Chad flooding 80 times more likely

The catastrophic rains that fell this year on West Africa were made more likely because of climate change, according to a new climate attribution study from World Weather Attribution. Scientists from 10 nations, including Nigeria, Cameroon and South Africa, analyzed data about flooding rains that occurred between May and October…

African leaders focus on climate links to global health crises

With the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) set to begin in Egypt, global public health experts are focusing on the climate impacts to human health, especially on the African continent. Flooding in South Sudan, food insecurity across the Sahel, and spikes in Ebola and other disease outbreaks are…

Can collaborative leadership help bridge Africa’s education divide?

As the world’s education ministers gathered in New York at the Transforming Education Summit they took stock of progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4): equitable quality education for all. It’s understood that achieving this Goal will require intensified efforts, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. In sub-Saharan Africa, one-fifth of primary-aged children…