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Talking Points on Climate Change and the Environment

Watch eloquent short video by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
"The destruction of the earth’s environment
is the human rights challenge of our time."

  • Global warming and environmental damage from the fossil-fuel industry already affect all of us, although responsibility lies primarily with the rich industrialized countries and the newly industrializing powers. Africa is the most vulnerable continent, but extreme weather and sea-level rise have hit New Orleans and New Jersey as well as Lagos.

  • When industries make decisions based on short-term profits, encouraged by government subsidies to established industries, they systematically discount damages from "externalities." Visible results include the devastation of oil-producing areas in the Niger Delta and of coal-producing areas, whether in South Africa or West Virginia. The longer-term consequences in rising temperatures and more extreme weather will be even more devastating.

  • Action to combat climate change depends in part on decisions made in international conferences, where the primary obstacles to action are the rich countries and the newly industrializing powers. But efforts at many other levels are also of decisive importance. Fossil-fuel divestment campaigns, as they grow and multiply, can affect investment choices. So can technological innovation. Notably, clean energy can already be more cost-effective than large-scale fossil fuel plants in supplying distributed energy access to Africa.

Workers install off-grid solar panels in Kirambo, Rwanda.

Recent bulletins on climate change and the environment


AfricaFocus Bulletin

May 18, 2015  Africa/Global: Decarbonizing Development?
    Decarbonizing Development, a new report from the World Bank, lays out a target of "zero carbon future" by the end of the century. The target year goal is the most conservative of the options laid out for negotiations in the climate summit in Paris in December. Such a long transition can rightly be criticized by climate activists and scientists as falling far short, as can the Bank's own record of continued support for fossil fuels implicitly faulted in this report.

May 11, 2015  West Africa: Ebola Down But Not Out
    "The [Ebola] epidemic is at its lowest but not over yet. The recent weeks have seen an important decrease in new confirmed Ebola cases across West Africa. Liberia is now close to being declared Ebolafree on 9 May, while Sierra Leone and Guinea are finally getting close to zero. However, the outbreak is not over until it's over at the regional level." - Doctors without Borders, May 6 update

May 5, 2015  Africa/Global: Renewables Gaining Ground
    "A key feature of 2014 was the continuing spread of renewable energy to new markets. Investment in developing countries, at $131.3 billion, was up 36% on the previous year and came the closest ever to overhauling the total for developed economies, at $138.9 billion, up just 3% on the year. Indonesia, Chile, Mexico, Kenya, South Africa and Turkey were all in the billion-dollar-plus club in 2014 in terms of investment in renewables." - UNEP / Bloomberg New Energy Finance

April 27, 2015  Burundi: On the Brink?
    "The prospect of a third term for President Nkurunziza calls into question the preservation of peace in Burundi. The president is risking it all by trying to force his name on the ballot, against the Catholic Church, civil society, a fraction of his own party and most external partners. The opposition's survival is at stake and the security forces are unsure how to react in case of violent crisis. The situation is much more serious than the failed 2010 elections: what lies behind this new electoral cycle is the upholding of the Arusha agreement as the foundation of Burundi's regime." - International Crisis Group

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April 22, 2015  
    South Africa: Saying No to Xenophobia
April 14, 2015  
    Europe/Africa: Deaths at Sea
April 8, 2015  
    Garissa: Not Just Numbers
March 30, 2015  
    South Africa: Energy Futures Contested
March 23, 2015  
    Africa/Global: Swiss Connections
March 17, 2015  
    Africa: Higher Education Must Be Higher Priority
March 10, 2015  
    Africa/Global: Falling Short on Climate Finance
March 3, 2015  
    East Africa: Water, Wind, and Lake Turkana
February 24, 2015  
    USA/Somalia: Rising Threat to Remittances
February 18, 2015  
    Africa: Privatizing Land and Seeds
February 11, 2015  
    Africa/Global: Archbishop Tutu on Fossil-Fuel Divestment
February 5, 2015  
    Africa/Global: Stopping Capital Losses
January 26, 2015  
    Burkina Faso: Hopes for New Beginnings
January 21, 2015  
    Africa/Global: Ebola Lessons & Questions
January 13, 2015  
    Nigeria: Elections/Security Disconnect
January 6, 2015  
    Sierra Leone: Losing Out

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