Climate change is not just in the future. It is already having serious effects, says the latest UNDP Human Development Report.
Africa "has the lightest carbon footprint but is likely to pay the heaviest price in the coming century for human-induced climate change." Meanwhile, Texas, with a population of 23 million, produces more carbon emissions than the whole of sub-Saharan Africa, with 720 million people.
This AfricaFocus Bulletin contains a brief summary of the new report, from http://allafrica.com, and excerpts from two short notes provided by the UNDP, one a summary on Africa and the other a note on Mozambique's forward-looking disaster planning.
The entire report, as well as numerous shorter press releases and case studies, is available on-line at
Another AfricaFocus Bulletin sent out today contains excerpts from the Africa chapter of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Both reports were released last month in time for the UN Climate Change Conference, scheduled for Bali, Indonesia, 3-14 December 2007. Both reports stress the need not only to slow climate change but only to prepare for the effects that are already visible and certain to increase.
Previous AfricaFocus Bulletins on climate change issues include:
Africa: Neglecting Agriculture, 2
Sahel: Beyond Any Drought?
Africa: Up in Smoke?
Africa: Economics of Climate Change
Africa: Environmental Threats/Opportunities
Africa: Africa's Lakes
East Africa: Dams and Lake Victoria
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