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A report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and African Union (AU) agencies has found that Africa’s eastern glaciers will vanish over the next 20 years, and 118 million people will face droughts, floods, and extreme heat. Climate experts say the melting of the continent’s glaciers should be a warning that worse things are yet to come for the environment and people of Africa.
The report found that Africa has experienced warming rates higher than the global average and projects that Mount Kenya, the Rwenzori Mountains, and Mount Kilimanjaro will be deglaciated by the 2040s. Mount Kenya, whose glaciers are expected to melt sooner, would be the first mountain on earth to be entirely deglaciated by manmade climate change.
“The rapid shrinking of the last remaining glaciers in eastern Africa, which are expected to melt entirely in the near future, signals the threat of imminent and irreversible change to the Earth system,” warned WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.
The report concludes that the rapid deployment of African adaptation strategies created by the AU can spur economic growth and create the green recovery from COVID-19 that many wealthy nations failed to produce. Taalas explained, “Investments are particularly needed in capacity development and technology transfer, as well as in enhancing countries’ early warning systems, including weather, water, and climate observing systems.”
By WW0 Staff For the United States, the post-Trump, pre-COP26 road to Glasgow has been paved with ambition and humility. In a major speech, the President’s Envoy, John Kerry, previewed the results of his climate diplomacy before heading into two weeks of intense deliberations of world leaders. Speaking at the London School of Economics — […]
Next week, the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow will draw hundreds of world leaders to Glasgow to determine the path forward five years after the Paris Climate Agreement (for a primer, read this) as new science underscores the urgency. The conference aims to squeeze countries to strengthen the commitments they’ve made towards securing global net-zero […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor In a report released last week, the Department of Defense (DOD) confirmed that existing risks and security challenges in the US are being made worse due to “increasing temperatures; changing precipitation patterns; and more frequent, intense, and unpredictable extreme weather conditions caused by climate change. Now, the Pentagon is […]
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