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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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3.2bn people under threat of desertification, drought, says UN chief

Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned that a combination of land degradation from climate change and the expansion of agriculture, cities and infrastructures, are undermining the well-being of 3.2 billion people across the globe. UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres Guterres said this in his message on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 to mark World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, globally ...

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Climate change: Africa faces drought, hunger, mass migration – Experts

Sharon Ikeazor

Nearly half of Africa’s population could face a future of widespread drought, hunger and mass migration due to the effects of climate change – but there is still time to prevent catastrophe by restoring the continent’s drylands, said experts at GLF Africa: Restoring Africa’s Drylands. Environment Minister of State, Sharon Ikeazor Nigeria’s Minister of Environment, Sharon Ikeazor; Fridays for Future activist, ...

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UN food agency signals alarm as drought threatens Madagascar

Madagascar

More than 1 million people are facing malnourishment in southern Madagascar as the country suffers its worst drought in 40 years, according to the World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday, May 7, 2021. Drought in Madagascar The crisis has seen numerous children suffering from chronic nutritional shortfalls, often requiring medical assistance. Noting that the problem could soon grow worse, the WFP said ...

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Food insecurity: No place at the dining table

Sustainable food policies

Sharing a meal is one basic need of humans but for too many the question “what’s for lunch” doesn’t have an easy answer. Food insecurity is the uncertainty of having enough food to eat daily and farmers in doubt of having sufficient food from harvest of most farming seasons. Flooding and drought add to the woes of farmers, leading 14 ...

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Significance of World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

Desertification in Nigeria

Desertification and drought constitute one of the international environmental problems whose global importance has been recognised by the international community. This importance is clearly visible in the massive endorsement that states have given to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in those countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification, particularly in Africa. The Convention was adopted in 1994. Desertification in ...

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Vicious circle of drought, forest loss in the Amazon

Amazon rainforest

Logging that happens today and potential future rainfall reductions in the Amazon could push the region into a vicious dieback circle. If dry seasons intensify with human-caused climate change, the risk for self-amplified forest loss would increase even more, an international team of scientists finds. If however there is a great variety of tree species in a forest patch, according ...

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UN warns of famine as drought intensifies in Somalia

Somalia

As a devastating drought grips Somalia, United Nations agencies – United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) – are warning that only a massive and immediate scale-up of humanitarian assistance can help the country avoid falling into another catastrophe. The drought that the northern regions have struggled with for the last year has now spread throughout ...

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Norway scales up efforts to curb Somali drought

Borge-Brende

Somalia has once again been hit by a severe drought, which could quickly develop into a famine. “A large proportion of the population is affected by the drought, and over six million people are in need of food aid. Norway is now increasing its support for humanitarian efforts in the country by NOK (Norwegian Krone) 64 million, in an effort ...

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SADC to launch $2.7b El-Niño drought appeal fund

Sadc

Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Lt. General Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama, President of Botswana is expected to declare a Regional Disaster and launch a Regional Appeal for Humanitarian and Recovery Support amounting to $2.7 billion. This is in response to the devastating El-Niño-induced drought which has affected an estimated 40 million people across the SADC region ...

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