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Coal mining, oil industries among main sources of increasing air pollution in Africa – study
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Coal mining, oil industries among main sources of increasing air pollution in Africa – study

A recent study published in the journal Nature Geoscience presents evidence that shows that the burning of biomass fuel for cooking, heating, and lighting, the crude oil exploitation and coal mining industries, as well as old vehicles being shipped in from Europe are causing severe deterioration of air quality in African countries. According to the article, particulate matter concentration levels in many African...

Aggressive expansion of carbon offset deals in Africa, island states raises crucial questions
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Aggressive expansion of carbon offset deals in Africa, island states raises crucial questions

Projects covering 10% of Zambia & Liberia’s land have been signed with a UAE-based company. Over the last year, the carbon offset industry has faced a barrage of investigations on instances of abuse and attracted disapproval from multiple quarters. The spotlight now is on the development of United Nations-based markets under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement and new...

How the Kremlin is using Wagner to launder billions in African gold
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How the Kremlin is using Wagner to launder billions in African gold

Blood Gold Report: Key Findings The Kremlin has earned more than US$2.5 billion from trade in African gold since Vladimir Putin launched his full scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. In the Central African Republic (CAR), a Wagner front company has been awarded exclusive rights to the Ndassima mine, the country’s largest gold mine, in return...

Trade rules and climate change: Africa stands to lose from proposed WTO policy tools
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Trade rules and climate change: Africa stands to lose from proposed WTO policy tools

The World Trade Organisation launched its Trade Policy Tools for Climate Action during the COP28 conference. International economic law expert Olabisi D. Akinkugbe discusses whether the new Trade Policy Tools benefit Africa. What are the WTO’s new Trade Policy Tools? The new tools offer opportunities for countries to mitigate the climate change effect of their trade practices....

African expectations run low as Cop28 kicks off in Dubai
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African expectations run low as Cop28 kicks off in Dubai

The annual conference comes at a critical time for decisive international climate action. Record temperatures are being set regularly and the impacts of wildfires, floods and droughts are being felt across the globe. But here in Africa, most farmers don’t know how to deal with these adverse weather conditions and see Cop28 as just another...

Sudan: With RSF backers UAE absent at peace talks, hope is dim
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Sudan: With RSF backers UAE absent at peace talks, hope is dim

A new genocide is underway in Darfur, with Hemeti’s RSF picking up where they left off in 2003. Without their backers the UAE at the table, peace talks look problematic. Just days after the Sudanese army accepted an invitation to resume talks, brokered by the US and Saudi Arabia, aimed at ending over six months...