Biden, democracy, and Africa

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 […]

Africa: What Janet Yellen Can Do About Climate Change As U.S. Treasury Secretary

[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 […]

World welcomes US return to Paris Agreement, readies wish-list for Biden

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 […]

Can the ‘Great Green Wall’ carry out Sankara’s ecological, pan-African dream?

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.

“Big batteries” boost renewables

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 […]

Africa: African Cities Must Prepare for Climate Migration

[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.

Climate change could have a ‘profound’ negative impact on child malnourishment

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 fossil fuel demand peak is fast approaching, but will it come soon enough?

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 […]