Aid agencies say Angola’s drought affects 2.3 million people

Aid agencies say Angola’s drought affects 2.3 million people

Aid workers in Angola are appealing for help in the country’s south, where they say climate change is causing a crisis for up to 2.3 million people. Paolo Balladelli of the United Nations said that’s how many people were affected at the height of this year’s drought. “Temperatures in 2019…

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Ugandan activist demands climate justice at COP25

Ugandan activist demands climate justice at COP25

A “Fridays for the Future” press conference, led by climate activists Greta Thunberg of Sweden and Luisa Neubauer of Germany on Monday, intentionally focused not on their highly visible voices but rather those activists who hail from the Global South. Among them was Hilda Nakabuye, a climate activist from Uganda…

Pan-African climate leaders demand action for continent

Pan-African climate leaders demand action for continent

Leading climate activists with the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance presented the continent’s concerns during a COP25 panel discussion in Madrid on Tuesday, underscoring the priority that Africa must be during climate negotiations. Eugene Nforngwa, the Cameroonian environmental journalist and development specialist, led the panel of five African leaders calling on…

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Jobs, food, climate change: What drives migrants toward Libya?

They leave because they lack an adequate income. They leave because they’re looking for better educational opportunities, because of the security situation at home, because there’s no food, and because of environmental and climate shocks. That’s according to a survey of 4,195 migrants in Libya released by IOM, the United…

In Asmara, East Africa talks climate change and sustainable development

East African nations took another step forward on regional integration this week, with an emphasis on measures to curb climate change impacts while developing economic opportunities. Fourteen nations were present at a three-day meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of Senior Officials and Experts (ICSOE), co-hosted by the Economic Commission for…

Report: Country pledges aren’t enough to hit climate targets

Morocco has increased its climate change commitments linked to the 2015 Paris Agreement. Eritrea and Benin have decreased theirs, and they represent half of just six nations globally that have reviewed these commitments since – commitments that aren’t delivering fast enough on climate action. That’s according to a report released…

Ahead of COP25, BASIC nations reaffirm climate commitments

China hosted a meeting of key BASIC environmental ministers at the weekend, a group that also includes South Africa, India and Brazil – all of them pressing the case to act on climate change. The South African agency was represented in Beijing by its chief climate negotiator, Maesela Kekana, and…

Global Hunger Index finds C.A.R. at highest risk

The Central African Republic has, for the second year in a row, topped the list of nations whose people suffer from hunger – and did so with a Global Hunger Index (GHI) score that makes it the only country in the world where hunger is rated as extremely alarming. The…

Malawi gets $13 million to boost its Blue Economy

Africa’s vision for the “Blue Economy” got a boost from African Development Bank Group (AfDB) this week, with the announcement of US $13.2 million in financing for fisheries and aquaculture in Malawi. The country’s government will add another $1.38 million for the Sustainable Fisheries, Aquaculture Development, and Watershed Management project…

Djibouti needs help with climate response, UNOCHA lead says

Djibouti is already feeling the impacts of climate crisis, and after a three-day tour of the Horn of Africa nation, the assistant secretary general for the United Nations humanitarian agency OCHA is calling for action. “Climate change is real, and I could see it here,” said UNOCHA’s Ursula Mueller. “I…

Gabon to see $150 million for protecting its rainforests

Gabon’s rainforests are critical to protecting biodiversity and containing carbon emissions, and now the West African nation has a 10-year deal with Norway to ensure the forests will be preserved. That’s according to the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI), which announced the US$150 million deal on Sunday as global leaders…

For Africa, Fridays for the Future marches are just beginning

The climate strike movement is just beginning and that’s certainly true for Africans. Friday climate marches grabbed all the headlines – and for good reason, since it’s the Fridays for the Future movement – but on the African continent the climate action promised to continue into the weekend and beyond….