Environmental groups involved in talks at a United Nations conference in Kenya have accused the US of blocking an ambitious global response to plastic pollution.

Over the last decade many countries in the Sahel region—the semi-arid southern edge of the Sahara that stretches from Senegal to Ethiopia—have been embroiled in conflict.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Thursday said it would provide $25 billion (2.5 trillion shillings) over the next five years to help in the global fight against climate change.

Beyond the shattered lives, the harsh consequences of erosion, pollution and flooding are very costly to Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal and Togo. A new World Bank study reveals in economic terms the cost of the damage in these four countries. Titled "The Cost of Coastal Zone Degradation in West Africa", the study shows staggering numbers.

Despite the lack of robust empirical evidence, a growing number of media reports attempt to link climate change to the ongoing violent conflicts in Syria and other parts of the world, as well as to the migration crisis in Europe. Exploiting bilateral data on asylum seeking applications for 157 countries over the period 2006–2015, we assess the determinants of refugee flows using a gravity model which accounts for endogenous selection in order to examine the causal link between climate, conflict and forced migration.

In this first Annual Report, the InsuResilience Global Partnership for Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance highlights the initiatives that the different actors worked on towards the Partnership’s vision. That is, 25 programs were supported in 78 countries by the commitments made in the context of the Partnership.

From an app to diagnose disease on Zambian farms to Tinder-style matchmaking for Senegalese land owners and young farmers, young coders have been finding solutions to hunger in the first Africa-wid

From Pakistan to Panama, a steady stream of countries from the Global South have endorsed China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) promoting connectivity since its launch in 2013.

Kenya and Tanzania are among nine African countries set to benefit from an ambitious US-led initiative to invest in gas-powered power plants.

Eight West African states have called for emergency aid for four countries in the Sahel facing food shortages as a result of jihadist violence.

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