Africa’s part in the global energy transition

Africa’s part in the global energy transition

In a bid to adapt to climate change and provide cheaper electricity to the general population, Zimbabwe is boosting solar power, and to a lesser extent hydropower, as part of a government programme to cut energy-related emissions by about a third before the end of the decade. Authorities have set…

Southern Angola’s severe drought drives migration into Namibia

People living in southern Angola are experiencing the worst drought in 40 years, with many crossing the border into Namibia in search of resources and relief after consecutive years of below-average rainfall affecting their crops. The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) says the Angolan provinces of Huila, Cunene…

SA floods claim 259 lives, shut down port of Durban

Catastrophic flooding that followed heavy rains in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal has claimed at least 259 lives, according to the disaster management agency leading the emergency response. The rains that began late Monday swamped roadways, stressed dams, and brought towering walls of mud and water down on the…

COP26 ends with SA, other coal nations pressing for more time

There’s disappointment and anger over the now-concluded COP26 climate negotiations in Glasgow, with firm commitments on coal phaseouts removed from final-draft language at the objection of developing nations. South Africa, China, India and others made a successful case for a softer commitment and longer timeline on coal. Those changes come…

Kenyatta makes Africa’s case at COP26 World Leaders Summit

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya vowed to make Africa’s voice on climate finance heard at the COP26 United Nations Climate Conference in Glasgow, Scotland on Monday. “Two times in a row, developing countries have been promised US$100 billion per year but it has not yet been delivered,” said Kenyatta, speaking…

Africa’s glaciers threatened by climate change

Climate change is causing the rapid melt of glacier ice on the African continent, with all of it likely to be gone by 2040 or sooner, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization and its partners. There are just three mountains in Africa that are covered by…

Climate report asks ‘How much worse will it get?’

How much worse will it get? That’s a climate change question that serves as a theme for a new report released Tuesday by Chatham House, the London-based policy institute focused on global affairs. It looks at impacts that may well be “locked in” by 2040 or 2050, assuming there is…