More than 52 million people across 18 countries in southern, east, and central Africa are facing crisis levels of hunger due to weather extremes, according to a new report by UK-based charity Oxfam.
This year is proving to be particularly bad. It’s estimated that at least 2.6 million people were displaced by extreme weather across the continent in the first six months of 2019 alone.
The trend underlines Africa’s vulnerability to the effects of climate change, and the urgent need for more action on adaptation and mitigation.
The prospects for this are grim.
The UN estimates that $2.4 trillion is needed annually to slow down the effects of climate change by 2035. Current commitments fall well short of this, and of the money that is available, almost nothing is going to the world’s least developed economies.
Money isn’t the only problem. While most governments pay lip service to the need for more action, it is – in reality – not a priority for many. The African Union doesn’t even have a special envoy for climate change.
It smacks of the tendency to view climate change as a far away, almost abstract problem. It’s anything but.
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From the continent
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The global perspective
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