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In Senegal organic fertiliser protects soil health after heatwaves

17 February 2020 // Agriculture, Climate science

The Peanut Basin in Senegal is the heartland of agriculture in this West African country. On the average hot day in summer the temperature might reach around 28°C. But the temperature in the soil, baking under the sun, may climb to as high as 60°C, which can take its toll on the microbial life in the top layer of ground. If these heat spells don’t last for too long, soil organisms bounce back fairly quickly, and can continue to support crop growth.

FCFA and WISER programmes research on climate resilience featured at the 54th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum

04 February 2020 // Climate information, Climate science

The 54th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF54) took place in Mombasa Kenya on 27th – 29th January 2020. The forum was convened under the theme “Managing Climate-Related Risks for Resilience”. The goal of the event was to produce a regional seasonal forecast for the March to May season with some sector based advisories. It also incorporated broader themes of disaster risk management, climate change adaptation and resilience, and climate financing. The event also included an interactive learning session “the Market Place” that provided an opportunity for initiatives contributing to building climate resilience within the region to share experiences and showcase approaches, best practices and successes to foster peer learning.

Participate in a climate change Wikipedia edit-a-thon at Adaptation Futures

04 February 2020 // Climate adaptation, Climate research, Knowledge creation and management

Are you attending Adaptation Futures? Do you want to learn how to edit Wikipedia and contribute climate research and information to the world’s largest online encyclopedia?  Future Climate for Africa and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network are hosting a climate change Wikipedia edit-a-thon after Adaptation Futures in New Delhi, India, on 1 May 2020.

Dealing a new deck of cards: game play to address climate change adaptation

31 January 2020 // Cities, Climate adaptation

SEI researchers working with southern African cities that are grappling with climate change adaptation planning devised a game to address gaps in understanding about related concepts and terminologies. The companion briefs presented here consist of an “explainer” that outlines the underlying premise, and a “how-to” guide that provides basic instructions to use and adapt the game. They are the first in a planned series of companion guides on serious games for climate adaptation decision making.

One Planet Fellowship applications now open for the next generation of African climate scientists

29 January 2020 // Climate research, Climate science, Knowledge creation and management

The One Planet Fellowship is a $20 million initiative dedicated to supporting research on climate change adaptation. The Fellowship is an academic mentoring scheme which targets the next generation of African climate scientists. Applications close on 31st March 2020.

54th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum: HyCRISTAL presents on decision-making for climate change preparedness

28 January 2020 // Climate science, Climate Services, Extreme weather

HyCRISTAL will be sharing its research with users at GHACOF54, and working with users to start dialogue on the time-lines of actions needed in response to the climate risks the region faces, addressing all the sectors represented at GHACOF, and their inter-dependencies. In particular, discussion will focus on what actions are needed now, in order to address threats that may still be decades away, and whether any uncertainty in these threats affects the actions required now.

Has climate change played a role in the exceptional Eastern African 2019 short rains?

23 January 2020 // Climate information, Climate science, Extreme weather, Water

The 2019 Eastern Africa short rains (October-December) was one of the wettest in recent decades, with many places seeing more than double the typical amount of rainfall for the season. The seasonal forecast from the 53rd Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF) did indeed note that above average rainfall was most likely.

New UN CC:Learn Affiliated Resources Support Scientists in Participating in the IPCC Assessment Processes

22 January 2020 // Knowledge creation and management, Politics and Governance

The new mini e-course on "How to Review IPCC Assessment Reports – Webinars and Guidance for Climate Experts", developed by Future Climate for Africa (FCFA), in collaboration with South-South-North and Climate Contact Consultancy, is the latest resource recognized by the UN CC:Learn affiliation programme. 

Learning Labs: creating collaborative ways to address climate change in African cities

15 January 2020 // Cities, Climate research, Water

Learning Labs bring diverse stakeholders together to spur new thinking about how to tackle the climate change adaptation issues emerging in urban Africaer

COP25: No deal better than a bad deal on climate for Africa

10 January 2020 // Climate adaptation, Climate science, Politics and Governance

The annual UN conference on climate change (COP25) held in Madrid in early December failed to raise the most needed climate ambition, despite running almost 44 hours, after its scheduled end. For the African group, "a no-deal was better than a bad deal for the continent," as observed by the incoming African Group of Negotiators (AGN) chair, Tanguy Gahouma of Gabon. "Either we have through this process, the funding and technology transfer or this process can continue for another year." Africa was attending the conference against a background of the continent experiencing extreme weather events. Themed "Time for Action" and attended by nearly 27,000 delegates, COP25 was expected to powerfully articulate the need for parties to raise ambition ahead of 2020 Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) enhancement.