Climate change increases risks in slums

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] The impacts of climate change pose a serious challenge to human well-being, economies and livelihoods, particularly in informal settlements in Sub-Saharan Africa, a workshop has heard. Informal settlements are the fastest growing segment in Africa’s rapid urbanisation, with more than 60 per cent of the Nairobi population living in informal settlements, …

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A sunshade to help southern Africa cope with climate change?

Mike Muller, University of the Witwatersrand This article is a foundation essay. These are longer than usual and take a wider look at a key issue affecting society. Climate change is a global problem. But local actions are needed to reduce its impact. Specifically, southern African countries must consider what they can do to protect …

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Mauritius launches online weather portal for farmers

By Nasseem Ackbarally [PORT LOUIS] Mauritius has launched an agricultural decision support system (ADSS) to collect and disseminate timely and accurate information on weather and climate change. The ADSS will relay information about temperature, humidity, rainfall, wind speed and direction and solar radiation to farmers, university students and researchers. With the system, data collected by …

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Ethiopia is targeting new funds on the back of its renewable energy strategy

Mohammed Assen, Addis Ababa University The Paris Climate Summit provides an important platform for Ethiopia to showcase the steps it has taken in pursuing green economic development. Prominent among its achievements has been its policy of pursuing non-renewable energy, including hydropower, wind energy and geothermal energy. The country can also show off its energy saving …

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El Niño: Meet the man who tries to predict the unpredictable

By Tania Rabesandratana In 1985, El Niño research pioneers Mark Cane and Steve Zebiak came up with the first computer model that successfully predicted the periodic Pacific Ocean warming event the following year. Thirty years later, models have improved — but El Niño remains an elusive beast, says Cane. “The models have gotten better and …

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