By MARK HERTSGAARD
The sun is setting on another scorching hot day in the western African nation of Burkina Faso. But here on the farm of Yacouba Sawadogo, the air is noticeably cooler. A hatchet slung over his shoulder, the gray-bearded farmer strides through his woods and fields with the easy grace of a much younger man. “Climate change is a subject I feel I have something to say about,” he says in his tribal language, Moré, which he delivers in a deep, unhurried rumble. Though he cannot read or write, Sawadogo is a pioneer of a tree-based approach to farming that has transformed the western Sahel in recent years, while providing one of the most hopeful examples on earth of how even very poor people can adapt to the ravages of climate change.
CLIMATE CHANGE: As World Warms, Southern Africa Swelters
MEXICO CITY, Dec 7 (IPS) – Africa will be amongst the hardest hit regions of the world as the climate heats up, threatening the continent’s food security, experts agree. If global temperatures rise 2.0 degrees C, southern Africa will warm an additional 1.5 degrees to a 3.5-degree increase on average.
Effects of climate change on women in Africa
(Wambui Karanja)— What does gender have to do with the environment? Surely climate change does not discriminate between men and women. First of all, ‘gender’ does not mean exclusively women. If men were the under-represented half of the world’s population, agreed, women would stand up for their rights as much as they would stand up for their own.