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How Innovation in plastic management will advance Africa’s efforts in realising SDGs

Plastic pollution

Current waste management practices in Africa are causing major economic, social and environmental impacts. The rise in plastic consumption combined with weak waste collection infrastructure is resulting in increased marine plastic litter, which is negatively impacting coastal economies. Poor dumping, disposal and burning of waste is causing greenhouse gases to escalate, which is polluting both ground and surface water. It ...

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Africa’s glaciers to melt, millions of poor face drought, floods – UN

African Glacier

Africa’s fabled eastern glaciers will vanish in two decades, 118 million poor people face immanent drought, floods or extreme heat, and climate change could also shave 3 per cent off continental GDP by mid-century, the U.N. climate agency warned on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. Melting glacier The latest report on the state of Africa’s climate by the World Meteorological Organisation ...

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Experts call for unified African position ahead of COP26

George Wamukoya

A global expert in climate change negotiations has urged civil society organisations (CSOs) to align their messages with those of government delegations to enhance the African position in the upcoming climate conference next month. George Wamukoya During a Pre-Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting in Nairobi on Monday, October 18, 2021, Dr George Wamukoya, ...

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UN-backed report reveals rising climate change risk across Africa

Petteri Taalas

Climate change contributed to mounting food insecurity, poverty and displacement in Africa last year, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and partners said in a report published on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. WMO Secretary-General, Petteri Taalas The State of the Climate in Africa 2020 report highlights the continent’s disproportionate vulnerability, but also reveals how investing in climate adaptation, early warning systems, ...

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Africa calls for climate finance tracker after donors fall short

Tanguy Gahouma-Bekale

African countries want a new system to track funding from wealthy nations that are failing to meet a $100 billion annual target to help the developing world tackle climate change, Africa’s lead climate negotiator said. Tanguy Gahouma, chair of the African Group of Negotiators The demand highlights tensions ahead of the COP26 climate summit between the world’s 20 largest economies, ...

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About 86% of COVID-19 infections in Africa go unnoticed – WHO

Matshidiso Moeti

About 86 per cent of all coronavirus infections in Africa go unnoticed, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa The WHO puts the number of all infections on the continent at 59 million, over seven times more than the eight million reported cases. “The high number of unreported ...

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PACJA urges Africa to press for fair compensation at COP26

Dr Mithika Mwenda

The Executive Director of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), Mithika Mwenda, has called upon the African nations not to relent on pressing the developed countries to compensate fairly for climate injustices. Dr. Mithika Mwenda, Executive Director, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) Speaking at a forum meant to chart the road to COP26 for Kenya, Mwenda urged African ...

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Climate finance at COP26: Key issues for Africa

Professor Chukwumerije Okereke

We are now a couple of weeks away from the UN’s COP26 in Glasgow where critical decisions that will shape the future of climate governance will be made. As the continent least responsible for, and yet most vulnerable to climate change, African governments cannot afford to be complacent on the need for strong negotiating positions and astute diplomacy in order ...

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FAO seeks urgent restoration of Africa’s degraded landscape

Abebe Hailer-Gabriel

The first-ever stocktake of Africa’s forests and landscapes  released on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 finds slow progress in repairing Africa’s degraded lands, urging efforts for climate action. FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa, Abebe Haile-Gabriel Launched during Africa Climate Week and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the Review of Forest and Landscape Restoration in Africa 2021, shows ...

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Despite recent pledges, rich countries still owe Africa over $100bn for climate recovery – Okereke

Professor Chukwumerije Okereke

This week, about 100 world leaders gathered to attend the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 76), with some of the leaders taking the opportunity to increase their climate finance pledges to help developing countries tackle climate change. President Biden’s pledge to increase climate finance to $11billion attracted the most attention. Professor Chukwumerije Okereke While these new ...

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