“A large chair does not make a king.” This African proverb tells us one thing: The Paris Climate Change Agreement, now ratified by 44 countries on the continent, must amount to more than promises, says Dr Richard Munang.
The African Continental Free Trade Agreement, coupled with the implementation of the EBAFOSA Compliance Standards, offers Africa an opportunity like never before, says Dr Richard Munang.
Kenya’s failure to approve the development of a 600MW offshore wind farm in Malindi, south-east of the country, has resulted in the developers considering moving the project to Tanzania.
The tragedy that comes with the change in climate that caused landslides and flooding recently hit Sierra Leone, one of the jewels of Africa. What can we learn from this moment of pain?
Africa is under siege. With an estimated 621 million Africans without electricity, and the gap expanding, energy poverty is high. This impacts on Africa’s growth on multiple levels. Implementing the Paris Agreement cannot be done without taking account of this grave reality, say Dr Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi.
Hours of heavy rainfall, which led to heavy flooding, might portend a major deluge in Africa’s sprawling commercial nerve centre, Lagos, given its lake-side position and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, writes Valentine Iwenwanne.
Global warming affects Africa significantly more than other regions despite the fact that the continent contributes much less to the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Seven out of 10 countries in a list of countries which are threatened by climate change are in Africa. U.S. president Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accords, has caused widespread criticism. The U.S.’s decision to pull out is despite the fact that the country is the world’s biggest polluter. The agreement deals with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020. 195 countries, including all 55 African countries, signed the agreement. Activists and leaders across the continent have condemned President Trump’s move, which they say will hurt Africa particularly in agriculture, the biggest source of many people’s livelihoods.
The late Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai once said, “We need to promote development that does not destroy our environment.” Today we commemorate the World Environment Day, a day in which we aim to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. “Connecting People to Nature”, the theme for World Environment Day 2017, implores us to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and its importance, and to take forward the call to protect the Earth.