For Africa, Fridays for the Future marches are just beginning

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….

Ethiopia says it has planted 353 million trees in 12 hours

Ethiopians from all walks of life turned out Monday to plant trees in a national quest to counter the climate consequences of deforestation, while aiming for a new Guinness World Record with a goal of 200 million planted trees. The Green Legacy project, an initiative of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed,…

UN’s Guterres begins two-day visit to storm-hit Mozambique

In Mozambique, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres begins a two-day visit Thursday to assess the damage from storms Idai and Kenneth, which devastated the country earlier this year. Guterres will meet with President Filipe Nyusi to begin his travel, and receive updated briefings from UN agencies in the field…

DRC research adds new insights on deforestation, carbon release

A group of international researchers working in the Democratic Republic of Congo say that deforestation, typically to use more land for agriculture, may be adding carbon dioxide into the planet’s atmosphere through a different and less understood pathway. While the broader effects of deforestation are known, the new research suggests…

U.S. presidential candidate puts African affairs at forefront

President Donald Trump of the United States has never been known for his attention to the African continent, with the exception of unfortunate negative remarks that reverberate around the world. With the 2020 U.S. presidential race taking off, though, other candidates are starting to address the importance of Africa in…

Amnesty honors Fridays for Future youth activists with top award

Young climate change activists from across the globe have received Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2019, for their work in the Fridays for Future movement spearheaded by Greta Thunberg of Sweden. “We are humbled and inspired by the determination with which youth activists across the world are challenging…

WMO: Mozambique must prepare for climate change impacts

As Mozambique hosts a donor conference to support cyclone relief efforts – it begins Friday in Beira – the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) warns that the destruction caused by storms Idai and Kenneth is a wake-up call to deal with impacts linked to climate change. Tropical cyclones, coastal flooding and…

IPBES: We depend on ecosystems that are rapidly deteriorating

An estimated 1 million animal and plant species are at risk of extinction within decades and the threats to their survival are accelerating, according to a much-anticipated report on biodiversity from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem…

Study: Climate change is dragging down African economic growth

Sudan and Nigeria are among countries in the world where economic growth already has been most damaged by global warming, according to new research from Stanford University in the United States. The research, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), also listed Brazil, India…

African climate champions named to ‘Climate 100’ list

As Africa Climate Week wraps up in Ghana comes news that two climate champions from the continent – climate change director Anthony Nyong at African Development Bank and African Union agronomist Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko of Angola, above – were named in the top tier of the “Climate 100.” This…