Editor’s Note: April 30, 2019
What is Africa’s answer to climate change?
At least 38 people have died in northern Mozambique due to the impact of cyclone Kenneth, with at least 200,000 people said to be at risk.
Kenneth is the second tropical storm to make landfall in Mozambique in as many months. The country is still reeling from cyclone Idai, which left hundreds dead when it hit the key port city of Beira in March.
The impact of Idai alone is expected to almost halve GDP growth this year, with the long-term economic cost yet to be quantified.
Mozambique’s unfolding tragedy should be a stark warning to the rest of Africa.
Despite being one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to the effects of climate change the continent has no discernible strategy to address it.
The African Union doesn’t even have a special envoy for climate change, and while governments pay lip service to the need for more action it is, in reality, not a priority for most.
It smacks of the tendency to view climate change as a far away problem. Extreme weather events like Kenneth and Idai demonstrate both how imminent the threat is, and how ill-prepared African economies are.
There is of course no quick fix, but Africa needs to come up with some sort of answer.
From The Continent
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The Daily Stat
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The Global Perspective
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