Tag: Africa

    There is no more home. How do people live in the frontline of the climate disaster in the Gambia
    16 Dec 2021

    A storm took the roof off Binta Bah’s house before torrential rain destroyed her family’s belongings. This is the exposition of The Guardian story about how poverty combines with the climate crisis to wreak havoc on Africa’s smallest mainland country. The windstorm arrived in Jalambang late in the evening, when Binta Bah and her family […]

    South Africa investigates seal deaths along Cape coast

    South African officials are investigating an alarming rise in seal deaths along the west coast near Cape Town, with malnutrition as one potential cause. A Reuters photographer saw scores of seal carcasses on beaches in Cape Town and along the rugged Atlantic Ocean coastline north of the city last week. Several more dead seals were […]

    Madagascar: Severe drought could spur world’s first climate change famine
    09 Nov 2021

    More than one million people in southern Madagascar are struggling to get enough to eat, due to what could become the first famine caused by climate change, according to the World Food Programme (WFP). The region has been hit hard by successive years of severe drought, forcing families in rural communities to resort to desperate […]

    Climate-led famine and drought hit Madagascar: people eat cactuses
    02 Nov 2021

    Prolonged heat has ruined agriculture and dried up rivers in Madagascar. The starving population feeds on cacti and livestock feed, The Independent states. Such a drought on the island happened for the first time in the last 40 years. In the south of Madagascar, some people died of hunger. The UN named them the first […]

    Meet Vanessa Nakate – a 23-years-old influential climate activist

    Meet Vanessa Nakate, 23. She’s the most influential climate activist since Greta Thunberg. She’s a Ugandan climate-justice activist and founder of the Rise Up Movement.  For the third year in a row, Nacate has been speaking at climate and economic summits, urging world leaders to “wake up” and recognize climate change as a crisis, linking […]

    A new type of black gold in Nigeria: used car tires

    In Nigeria, a country heavily reliant on revenues from its oil exports, entrepreneur Ifedolapo Runsewe has identified another type of black gold: used car tires, GDN Online reports. She has set up Freetown Waste Management Recycle, an industrial plant dedicated to transforming old tires into paving bricks, floor tiles and other goods that are in […]

    Circular economy best bet to tackle solid waste menace in Kenya

    When driving or walking in major towns in Kenya, there are places where pollution levels are extreme. In Nairobi’s large slums of Kibera, Mathare and Dandora, for example, residents dump their waste on the roadside, and it is solid waste that cannot go unnoticed. Huge piles of rubbish being burnt or dumped indiscriminately accumulate over […]

    The Great Green Wall in Africa is failing, but its legacy could still be a success

    Desertification – when warming temperatures or human activity deteriorates soil fertility in drylands – causes 12 million hectares of land to lose their productivity each year. 1.5 billion people worldwide depend on land that is slowly being degraded by desertification, which causes around USD$42 billion of lost earnings from agriculture a year. Let’s get acquainted […]

    UNEP launched a virtual journey through three unique desert ecosystems

    Deserts and drylands are often far from the barren images they are known for. These ecosystems play a vital role in climate regulation – nearly 46% of global carbon is stored in drylands. Despite the harsh conditions, they are home to over 2 billion people and harbor some of the world’s rarest biodiversity. Many deserts […]

    Why do the 11 countries that rely on the Nile need to reach a river deal soon

    More than 300 million people rely on the waters of the River Nile. The Nile river basin contains over 10% of Africa’s landmass in 11 countries: Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Egypt, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, and Kenya. Many of these countries rely almost exclusively on the Nile as their […]