Cape Town fire burns University Library, Students evacuated
A wildfire raging on the slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain spread to the University of Cape Town, burning the historic campus library and forcing the evacuation of students Sunday.Seattletimes.com
8 African Countries listed among Top 20 nations with highest Air Pollution
Sub-Saharan African countries feature prominently on this list. Niger, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Uganda, Sudan, and Equatorial Guinea are in the top 20. Quarz.com.
Africa's Financial sector must tackle Climate Change
Africa’s financial decision-makers have an essential role to play in finding solutions to the continent's climate problems, say Malango Mughogho and Jacqueline Musiitwa. African business.
Africa Seeks $25 Billion for Climate Adaptation, Green Recovery
African nations aim to double funding for climate change adaptation projects to $25 billion over five years as they look to foster a green recovery from the economic damage wrought by the coronavirus pandemic. Bloomberg
BASIC Ministers outline expectations for COP 26
Ministers from the BASIC countries (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) at their 30th meeting held virtually, on 7-8 April, highlighted that the key outcomes of the UNFCCC’s 26th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) would be to conclude negotiations on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement (PA), launch the operationalization of the global goal on adaptation (GGA), and achieve progress on climate finance. TWN
Nonprofits Urge Banks not to finance Oil Pipeline in East Africa
Over 260 nonprofit organizations are campaigning against the East African Crude Oil Pipeline which they say will fuel climate change and pose a threat to local communities.
As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them
A hastily formed crowdsourcing operation to contain the insects in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia could help manage climate-related disasters everywhere. New York Times.
Growing Demand for Vulture Heads Threatens the Birds’ Survival in Africa
Across the continent, traditional healers are increasingly using the body parts of vultures, creating an illegal market that has experts alarmed.New reports of deaths kept popping up, and over the course of three weeks around 2,000 vultures—all but one of them Hooded Vultures—were found dead in six locations throughout eastern Guinea-Bissau.
Nigeria’s Pricepally plans expansion as food inflation jumps again
The disruption to supply chains caused by Covid-19 has prompted an acceleration in Nigerian food inflation. Structural factors including a poor road network, lack of storage and conflicts between farmers and herders underpin the food-price problem. Figures released on 15 April show that Nigeria’s annual inflation rose to its highest in more than four years in March, at 18.17%. Theafricareport.com.
Vaccine Woes Threaten Slow Sub-Saharan African Rebound, IMF Says
In its regional economic outlook released on Thursday, the IMF said growth projections are subject to “greater-than-usual uncertainty” given the risks of further Covid-19 shocks in the continent, which relies on a World Health Organization-led initiative to provide vaccines known as Covax. Bloomberg.
Twitter plans to hire first Product, Engineering team in Africa
Twitter Inc is planning to hire its first product and engineering team in Africa, an effort to expand its workforce in emerging markets where the social-media company hopes to attract new users.Thestar.com.my.
‘Contemporary Benin’ exhibit highlights the brilliance of the West African art scene
Idelphonse Affogbolo, the Beninese businessman behind the Contemporary Benin travelling exhibition, has set himself the mission of “participating in the circulation and visibility of contemporary art in Africa.” The Africa Report.
Can Africa salvage its digital sovereignty?
By opening up the telecommunications and internet sectors to private investors, African governments have given them the upper hand in the lucrative data market. If the continent is to regain control of its digital economy, countries need to rethink tax and regulatory policies, analysts argue. Theguardian.com.
DRC aid agencies appeal to UK Foreign Office to suspend ‘disastrous’ cuts
A consortium of 19 aid agencies operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo has issued a last-minute appeal to the UK Foreign Office to suspend planned aid cuts to the country, where a third of the population faces acute food insecurity. The Africa Report.