African leaders make climate case at US-hosted summit

African leaders make climate case at US-hosted summit

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says his country will begin reducing carbon emissions in 2025, 10 years earlier than previously projected. “With regard to our energy resources, we plan to build capacity to generate over 17 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2030,” said Ramaphosa, speaking at the Leaders Summit on…

UK court to review Mozambique fossil fuel investment

UK court to review Mozambique fossil fuel investment

The British government’s investment in developing liquified natural gas (LNG) projects in Mozambique – projects contributing to the conflict and instability in the country’s north – is headed for judicial review following a successful legal filing from the Friends of the Earth. The London-based NGO says the decision to approve…

IMF: COVID hampers Sub-Saharan Africa’s economic recovery

There are at least 32 million more people living in extreme poverty across sub-Saharan Africa because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and countries in the region will need about $425 billion in additional external funding over the next five years, the IMF said on Thursday. “The outlook for sub‑Saharan Africa is…

WHO calls for fair access to vaccines for Africans

Top African health officials are calling for more equitable vaccine distribution, noting that less than 2 percent of the vaccines delivered to date have been for people on the continent and most of that is in just 10 nations. “Although progress is being made, many African countries have barely moved…

High tide helps to free Ever Given, Suez Canal reopens

The massive container ship that blocked the Suez Canal to shipping traffic for nearly a week is free and the first southbound convoy of ships began moving on Monday. Osama Rabie, head of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), said  the MV Ever Given was refloated by using tugboats to strategically…

Slow progress on Suez Canal as 327 ships now wait

There are now at least 327 vessels waiting to transit through the Suez Canal in Egypt, as Saturday’s efforts to move the grounded MV Ever Given proved unsuccessful in an operation experts say now may take days if not weeks. “Unfortunately, the tidal conditions didn’t help re-floating Ever Given tonight,”…

Signs of progress at Suez Canal shipping mishap

Authorities in Egypt say they’ve been able to partially remove the container ship that’s blocked the Suez Canal for a second day, creating a bottleneck for dozens of other vessels and upsetting maritime traffic. An update from port manager GAC, issued at noon local time, said the grounded MV Ever…

COVID threatens Africa’s conservation efforts

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a sobering impact on global nature conservation, with Africa and Asia the most severely affected, according to new research papers published in PARKS, the journal of the IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas. More than half of protected areas in Africa reported that they were…

U.S. reinstates sanctions against Dan Gertler

The United States has reinstated sanctions against international businessman Dan Gertler, a close ally of former president Joseph Kabila whose interests in the Democratic Republic of Congo are under renewed scrutiny. Gertler was placed under U.S. Magnitsky sanctions in 2017 but was issued a one-year reprieve in January by outgoing…

Niger elections trigger violence, fatal explosion

Seven members of Niger’s Independent National Electoral Commission died Sunday when the vehicle they traveled in struck an improvised explosive device along a route near Waraou in the country’s troubled west. The explosion injured three others, according to an RFI report. It happened as Nigeriens went to the polls for…

Nigerian named new head of World Trade Organization

It’s official: Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria is now the first African and the first woman to serve as head of the World Trade Organization. The anticipated selection of Okonjo-Iweala, a former foreign minister as well as finance minister, was announced Monday by WTO. She will serve as director general…

Ramaphosa centers COVID, corruption during SONA address

South Africa must prioritize both the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and the country’s economic recovery, especially with an eye toward climate change and the energy sector, the president said during the annual State of the Nation address. President Cyril Ramaphosa compared his nation to the fynbos, a South African…