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Badru's Story: Inside Africa's Impenetrable Forest
Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele
Winner of the 2014 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest, this short film
documents the work done by Badru Mugerwa and others to monitor (via remote
cameras) the wildlife of Uganda's deep mountain forests. Some amazing images
accompany this inspiring story.
(6 minutes, 2014)
When the Water Ends: Africa's Climate Conflicts
Evan Abramson, Yale Environment 360, MediaStorm
This excellent video addresses the impacts of recurrent drought in the Lake
Turkana region of Kenya and Ethiopia, with a focus on the lives of
pastoralists and rising conflicts over water and inhabitable land.
(16 minutes, 2010)
African Pastoral Decision Making under Changing Climates
Randy Boone, Natural Resource Ecology Lab,
Colorado State University
How are pastoral systems in African responding to climate change? What models
show us the changes that come for these communities with more frequent
droughts? This video covers climate change and other stressors to the African
(17 minutes, February 2009)
Life in Mali and Climate Change *
Lara Prihodko, Natural Resource Ecology Lab,
Colorado State University
A close look at the prolonged drought in Mali as an example of how some of the
world's poorest nations may suffer disproportionately under climate change
despite their own tiny carbon footprints.
(20 minutes, February 2009)
Effects of Climate Change on Societies and People *
Kathleen A. Galvin, Department of Anthropology,
Colorado State University
How will climate change impact people around the world? Anthropologist Galvin
looks at what we know, why we should care, and how we know it with a focus on
the Arctic and Africa.
(23 minutes, October 2007)
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African Nations Aim to Restore 100 Million Hectares of Land by 2030
Megan Rowling, Thompson Reuters Foundation, December 2015
Ten countries in Africa "have committed to restore 31 million hectares of
degraded and deforested land" as part of an effort to make even more land
productive again. Funds to extend and expand current efforts will come from
the World Bank, Germany, and private investors.
African Lights: Microgrids are Bringing Power to Rural Kenya
Fred Pearce, Yale Environment 360, October 2015
A very interesting story about village-scale microgrids (with smart metering)
in sometimes quite remote parts of Kenya‒and how they improve on
roof-top solar panels. Also see the
story in the same magazine by David
Ferris about similar microgrids in India.
As Droughts Worsen, Joined-up Adaptations Build Resilience in Arid Kenya
Sophie Mbugua, Thompson Reuters Foundation, September 2015
Where one tactic might not do much to alleviate the problems coming with
drought, sometimes several tactics joined can do much better. This story is
about one pilot program of this kind, tackling issues of grazing lands, water
access for both animals and people, animal diseases, and potential conflict
in northern Kenya.
Africa's Quiet Solar Revolution
Lorena Galliot, The Christian Science Monitor, January 2015
Encouraging story about new start-ups working to distribute transformative,
small-scale, "pay-as-you-go" solar electricity to Tanzania and elsewhere in
Africa, illustrating the possibility that such projects can leapfrog over
large-scale fossil-fuel energy systems just as cell phones did over land-based phone grids.
In Flooded Western Zambia, Communities Lead Climate Fightback
Jeffrey Barbee, Thomson Reuters Foundation, June 2014
An interesting instance of a locally-directed adaptation plan, in this case to
climate-change alterations to the seasonal flooding of the Zambezi River.
Funded by the Climate Investment Fund's
Pilot Program for Climate Resilience.
Commercial Farms, Climate Shifts Dry Tanzanian River Basin
Kizito Makoye, Thomson Reuters Foundation, June 2013
Interesting account of the factors leading to decreasing water resources in
Tanzania's Pangani River basin, home to some 3.4 million people, and some of
the results of this decrease. An example of the kinds of effects being felt in
other places with little infrastructure.
Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience
World Bank, June 2013
This extensive report from the World Bank looks closely at projected risks to
agriculture, infrastructure, health, and other important elements of human
life, focusing especially on Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast
Asia. Good executive summary. See also this
World Bank link
to other sources (feature articles, press releases, etc.) that focus on
In the Dark about the Future, West Africa Struggles to Fill a Climate Gap
Jori Lewis, The Daily Climate, May 2013
A short, excellent article about the Sahel, its vulnerability to climate
change (especially changing and erratic rainfall), and how little is known
about likely climate developments there, a gap in information that makes
planning and adaptation much harder.
Eight Steps to Climate-Proof Development in Africa
Richard Munang, The Guardian, April 2013
A succinct and straight-forward to-do list by the policy and program
coordinator for the Africa Climate Change Adaptation Programme of the United
Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
On the Move in a Warming World: The Rise of Climate Refugees
Geoffrey York, The Globe and Mail (Toronto), December 2010
This vivid article portrays the prolonged drought in the African Sahel and
its effects on the people who live there. It also lays out some of the
dilemmas faced by international aid agencies: Should we help people move away
from increasingly uninhabitable lands, or should we instead help them eat
while they stay in their homelands?
Climate Change and Human Vulnerability
Numerous organizations concerned with the effects of climate change on people
have informative websites, and many of these include Africa in their work.
See, for instance, ONE, a "grassroots advocacy and campaigning
organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly