30.01.2020

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SRMGI: First African Master's Thesis on SRM

"We send a warm congratulations to Jose Ricardo Kouakou, who is a student at the University of Felix Houphouet-Boigny and one of the Ivory Coast DECIMALS researchers. On 9 December he successfully defended his thesis on SRM, which explored how SRM might affect extreme temperatures in West Africa."

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23.01.2020

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Climate Home News: UK to stop funding coal abroad but will help Africa with oil, gas

"The UK will formally end all direct support for coal mining and power plants abroad but still help African countries “extract and use” oil and gas, prime minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday."

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23.01.2020

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Pinto, Izidine; et al. (2020): Africa's Climate Response to Solar Radiation Management with Stratospheric Aerosol

Pinto, Izidine; Jack, Christopher; Lennard, Christopher; Tilmes, Simone; Odoulami, Romaric C. (2020): Africa's Climate Response to Solar Radiation Management with Stratospheric Aerosol. In Geophysical Research Letters. DOI: 10.1029/2019GL086047.

"We investigate the potential impact of SRM on temperature and rainfall means and extremes over sub‐Saharan Africa using simulations from the Geoengineering Large Ensemble (GLENS). We found SRM significantly reduces temperature means and extremes, however, the effect on precipitation is not as linear."

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20.01.2020

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Inverse: Could solar geoengineering solve African poverty?

"While a new report say yes, others aren't convinced."

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06.11.2019

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Mail & Guardian: The trouble with indiscriminate tree-planting in Africa

"The idea that the world needs to plant more trees is not controversial. Trees suck carbon out of the atmosphere, storing it in the earth instead. So if we plant enough new forests — these would need to cover as much as one-third of all the land in the world, some estimates suggest — we should be able to prevent the planet from becoming any hotter."

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28.10.2019

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Mongabay: $85 million initiative to scale up agroforestry in Africa announced

"A coalition of NGOs recently announced “the biggest land restoration project ever seen,” starting with an $85 million project to scale up agroforestry in Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Kenya and Ethiopia."

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30.09.2019

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C2G: Climate Colonialism and Large-Scale Land Acquisitions

"In an era of climate change, large-scale land acquisitions threaten to revive classic tactics of colonialism in new institutional forms. Countries and corporations – often working in concert – have been buying land around the world. The political implications of this slow transfer of the material means of critical resource security from the Global South to the Global North are vast and dire. They also complicate the politics of our responses to the climate crisis, which include the prospects for genuinely participatory carbon removal."

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19.08.2019

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BBC News: Deforestation: Did Ethiopia plant 350 million trees in a day?

"Ethiopia says it planted more than 350 million trees in just one day which, if verified, would be a world record."

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28.06.2017

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SciDevNet: Africa’s R&D voice needed on use of solar engineering

"Experts discuss solar radiation management (SRM) governance in Kenya. They add that more R&D on SRM is needed in Africa to help address climate change. But an expert says that Africa cannot fund SRM tech because it is costly."

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26.01.2016

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Huffington Post: A Sunshade to help Southern Africa Cope with Climate Change?

"But Africa must look hard at uncomfortable options or face being left behind by other countries with fewer scruples. Specifically, it is important to consider how regional geoengineering initiatives could help to protect southern Africa from some of the more damaging impacts of climate change."

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