World news – African Union – Africa: Greenpeace report – Intensification of weather events threatens the most vulnerable in Africa


A Greenpeace scientific report released today revealed that extreme weather phenomena such as heat waves, floods and torrential rains are increasing in intensity, frequency and intensity across many parts of Africa, seriously threatening human health, food security, peace and biodiversity

Weather across sub-Saharan Africa has become more extreme and unpredictable in the 21st century, a trend that will become more apparent for the Climate Scientists Project in the coming decades This is the main finding confirmed by the comprehensive report published today by Greenpeace Africa and the Greenpeace Science Unit Facing the Storm: Extreme Weather and Climate Change in Africa report explores the relationship between extreme weather events and climate change in Africa and summarizes scientific data on how the climate crisis is spiraling out of control across Africa, including irregular extreme heat waves, floods and droughts And hurricanes on a hitherto unknown scale Climate-related problems can often be felt disproportionately in poorer societies because they are the least able to cope with and adapt to changes

“Science shows that there are very few natural things in disasters striking our continent. A man-made crisis that requires a man-made solution. Africa is the cradle of humanity and will be the cradle of climate action for our future. Health, safety, peace and justice will only be achieved through prayer and bags of rice and corn in In the aftermath of the disaster Melita Steele, Director of the Greenpeace Africa Program, said only those who saved have no misfortune – and African leaders must declare a climate emergency to preserve our collective future.

Average future temperatures in Africa are expected to rise faster than the global average in all warming scenarios [1]

Average annual temperature increase in most parts of Africa is projected to exceed 2 or fall in the 3 to 6 range by the end of the 21st century if high emissions persist – two to four times after the Paris Agreement’s permissible rise. / p>

Warming temperatures are likely to lead to deaths, displacement, climate-related conflicts, erratic rainfall, lack of drinking water, disruption to agricultural production, and rapid extinction of endemic African species

The frequency, intensity, and duration of extreme heat events are expected to increase according to trends already observed in southern, eastern and northern Africa

“There is a need to better integrate indigenous knowledge into the scientific evidence related to extreme weather events in Africa. African countries need to be more involved in leading the development of new databases and models rather than relying on countries outside of Africa. Better access to information should be provided at the community level « 

“Over the past 50 years, we have already seen a temperature rise of 15C, well above the global average in the Sahel region. Climate change has destroyed our crops and homes and tore our families apart through forced migration. But Africa is not only the stage at which the worst effects will emerge. The climate; it is a continent of millions of citizens bent on stopping climate change, moving away from fossil fuels, and who will stand up to protect our forests and our biodiversity from industrial agriculture « 

“I have seen climate change disproportionately affect people in my community, in my country and on the African continent. It is catastrophic for agriculture, which is the key to our survival; our livelihoods are in danger with everything lost due to floods, droughts and heat waves. Leaders: You must wake up, You must listen to the science, you must face the climate emergency. We must put an end to the food and water insecurity, violence, and gender inequality that climate change causes. « 

[2] In South Africa, for example, all climate modeling scenarios predicted the extinction of more than 100 species and some modeling scenarios predicted the extinction of more than 2,000 plant species from the Cape Floral region. Other areas of the continent are also expected to suffer from species extinction. In light of the warming global climate

Editors may use images and footage of extreme weather events in Africa from Greenpeace Media Library (link)

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