By Witney Schneidman President Joe Biden has committed to restoring American leadership globally. With the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, this task became immensely more challenging. For Africa, nevertheless, this will translate into an American policy that strives to respect the people and governments on the continent. Respect for democratic governance—which the […]
[The Conversation Africa] Janet Yellen is poised to be the next U.S. Treasury secretary, and her inbox will require every ounce of her vast experience to pilot the economy through a daunting confluence of challenges. How the U.S. manages the economic recovery from COVID-19, the financial risks from climate change and inequality together will determine […]
Climate-change leaders and campaigners worldwide welcomed United States President Joe Biden’s move to rejoin the 2015 United Nations sponsored Paris Agreement but said Washington must also cut emissions and use its influence to encourage other countries to do the same. In one of his first acts after his inauguration, President Biden issued an executive order […]
Thomas Sankara, Burkina Faso’s folk-hero president, once marshalled a nation to halt the spread of the Sahara. Decades after his brutal death, a pan-African project of epic scale and ambition is aiming to reverse the creeping desertification that threatens to engulf a vast region, accelerating climate change, migration and conflict.
Published January 15, 2021 Editor’s note: This story was originally published by Yale Environment 360. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The twin smokestacks of the Moss Landing Power Plant tower over Monterey Bay. Visible for miles along this picturesque stretch of the Northern California coast, the 500-foot-tall pillars crown what was once […]
[ISS] African climate-linked migration tends to be dominated by European narratives. In reality, most of these migrants move within their own countries and regions. As climate change impacts intensify, migration will increase. African cities, countries and regions need to be more aware of the phenomenon and incorporate it into all levels of planning.
Ask a Scientist: What Should the Biden Administration and Congress Do to Address the Climate Crisis?
What a difference an election makes. Thanks to the Biden-Harris victory in November, the next administration is poised to make a 180-degree turn to again address the climate crisis. President Trump famously called climate change a “hoax,” appointed fossil fuel industry lobbyists to key positions in his administration, rolled back the Obama-era rule that would […]
The negative impacts of climate change on child malnourishment could outweigh the positive effects of economic development in low- and middle-income countries, a new study warns. The research, published in Environmental Research Letters, calculates the “diet diversity” of over 100,000 children in 19 low- and middle-income countries. It then analyses how their diets are affected […]
A new report from McKinsey predicts global fossil fuel demand ‘will never return to its pre-pandemic growth curve’, but warns the world is still on track to badly miss its climate goals The impact of the coronavirus crisis on the fossil fuel industry is set to bring forward the expected peak in global demand for […]
Today has seen some of the starkest warnings yet on how the failure to grasp the severity of the impacts that climate change and biodiversity loss will have for human could trigger conflict, disease, and mass migration – how should businesses respond? Planet Earth is facing a “ghastly future of mass extinction, declining health, and […]