RedskyNews Category: Af – Politics & Science

Nigeria: Rice yields affected by climate change

Production of rice — the world’s most important crop for ensuring food security and addressing poverty — will be thwarted as temperatures increase in rice-growing areas with continued climate change, according to a new study by an international team of

Africa: Acidic Mine Water Crisis

Johannesburg — JOHANNESBURG Water was concerned about the possibility of acid mine drainage flooding the city’s central business district, but there were potential solutions, the utility’s chairman said yesterday. Last week the parliamentary portfolio committee on water and environmental affairs

African lake warmest in 1,500 years

Africa’s Lake Tanganyika, the second-oldest and second-deepest lake on Earth, is warmer now than it has been in 1,500 years, scientists say. Experiencing unprecedented warming during the last century, the lake’s surface waters are the warmest on record, LiveScience.com reported

Nigeria: Govt Needs Billions to Fight Desert Encroachment

Abuja — Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Fidelia Njeze, has said that the Federal Government would require an estimated N11 billion to tackle desert encroachment in the northern part of the country. She said the country’s arable land mass and water

South Africa puts power security above clean energy

South Africa, which relies on coal for 90 percent of its electricity, will need to first focus on ensuring sufficient power supply before moving full-scale to fight climate change, a minister said on Tuesday. South Africa, the continent’s largest economy

South Africa won’t sign emission cut targets if they hurt growth

South Africa, a major polluter due to its dependence on coal-fired electricity, will not agree to any emission-cutting targets if doing so hurts the country’s economy, a cabinet spokesman said on Thursday. International talks resume in December in Copenhagen where

Africa to abandon climate talks if demands not met: Ethiopian PM

African nations will walk out of climate change talks in Copenhagen if their demands, including hefty compensations from the West, are not met, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said Thursday. One of the key demands that the world’s poorest continent

At risk from rising seas, Tuvalu seeks clean power

Pacific island state of Tuvalu set a goal Sunday of a 100 percent shift to renewable energy by 2020, hoping to set an example to industrialized nations to cut greenhouse gases it blames for rising sea levels. Tuvalu, a string

Climate change to hit Africa fisheries hard-study

African nations will be the most vulnerable to the impact of climate change on fisheries, ranging from damage to coral reefs to more severe river floods, according to a study of 132 nations on Thursday. Angola and the Democratic Republic

Pollution trial opens in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN (AFP) – The trial opened in Ivory Coast on Monday of 12 people charged with involvement in a 2006 toxic waste scandal which killed 17 Ivorians and poisoned thousands. Nine of the 12 were in court to face a