Africa climate change report reveals heat rising north and south, Sahel getting wetter

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https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/10/1076162

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Drought in Africa will adversely impact the productivity of major cereal crops, says a report launched by WMO today.

Africa needs to prepare better for climate change by responding to a wide range of potential risks, a multi-agency report led by the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Monday, the first in a series of continent-by-continent assessments.

“In recent months we have seen devastating floods, an invasion of desert locusts and now face the looming spectre of drought because of a La Niña event. The human and economic toll has been aggravated by theCOVID-19pandemic,”WMOSecretary-General PetteriTaalassaid in a statement.

Filling the gap

The report aims to fill a gap in reliable and timely climate information for Africa, which translates into a lack of climate-related development planning, said Vera Songwe, Under-Secretary-General, and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). 

Africa has been warming progressively since the start of…

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