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DFID Climate Mainstreaming Facility - Second call for Expressions of Interest

18 September 2019 // Climate Services, Knowledge creation and management

Prospective suppliers are hereby invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to be shortlisted to provide technical assistance for DFID’s Climate Mainstreaming Facility.

New paper shows evidence of crop production losses in West Africa due to historical global warming

17 September 2019 // Agriculture, Climate science, Livelihoods

Achieving food security goals in West Africa will depend on the capacity of the agricultural sector to feed the rapidly growing population and to moderate the adverse impacts of climate change. A number of studies anticipate a reduction of the crop yield of the main staple food crops in the region by 2050 due to global warming.

FRACTAL ‘Embedded’ researcher catalyses climate response in Durban, South Africa

13 September 2019 // Cities, Climate adaptation, Climate smart infrastructure

If an urban planner wants to design and build a city so that it can withstand sweltering temperatures during increasingly hot summer months, their first thought might be to use synthetic shade-cloth to create shelter. But if they look at this design problem in the context of climate change and the tools offered by nature itself, a better solution is to use trees to dampen the effects of heat islands in an otherwise built-up, cemented city-scape.

“Training versus capacity building” Early Career Researcher, Diana Mataya, shares her learning and experiences as part of Future Climate for Africa’s Innovation Fund

09 September 2019 // Climate adaptation, Livelihoods

Diana Mataya, an Early Careers Researcher (ECR) with Future Climate for Africa (FCFA), shares her reflections on approaches to capacity building for climate change adaptation in Africa.

Impact Based Forecasting is set to save lives and livelihoods in East Africa

02 September 2019 // Climate information, Extreme weather, Livelihoods, Marine and Coastal

George Achia reports on an initiative to alert fisherfolk and other users of Lake Victoria to sudden severe weather – so that they can avoid harm to health and livelihood.

Coping with urban flooding in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

28 August 2019 // Cities, Water

Urban flooding is a major challenge in Ouagadougou. People may settle in flood-prone parts of the West African city, because they need to be close to the business centre and to job opportunities, or because they may have inherited land from their family. They often build informal homes in these places, in spite of the high risk of water-borne diseases like cholera or malaria during the rainy season, because of limited housing options in this ever more densely populated city where formal housing may be too expensive to buy or rent.

Scientists meet to build capacity in African weather forecasting at African SWIFT Science Meeting and Summer School in Ghana

23 August 2019 // Knowledge creation and management

SWIFT and HyCRISTAL researcher, Caroline Wainwright recently attended the African SWIFT Summer School and Science Meeting in Ghana. Caroline and Vicky Boult, a fellow researcher at University of Reading and student on the Summer School, share insights on their experience.

Spotlight on Future Climate for Africa Journalist Fellow: Sophie Mbugua

21 August 2019 // Climate information, Knowledge creation and management

Future Climate for Africa recently supported BBC Media Action and NECJOGHA at a climate scientist - journalist workshop in Tanga, Tanzania. FCFA journalist fellow with Climate Home News, Sophie Mbugua attended the training. Below she shares with FCFA her passion for climate journalism, her plans for the future and her reflections on the workshop.

Watch this webinar: An Embedded Researcher approach to integrate climate information into decision-making in southern African cities

16 August 2019 // Cities, Climate information, Knowledge creation and management

Building the climate resilience of African cities fits squarely within the category of complex problems that may benefit from taking a transdisciplinary approach to co-producing actionable knowledge between multiple actors and disciplines.

Why I believe climate change researchers should contribute to Wikipedia

14 August 2019 // Climate adaptation, Climate information, Climate science, Knowledge creation and management

When you search for “climate change adaptation” in Google, the Wikipedia page on the topic appears in the top 3 search results. Wikipedia ranks the importance of the page “high”, namely that it is about “well-known issues”. However, when your browser opens the page, the first thing the viewer sees is an alert box highlighting that the article has issues. In terms of quality and completeness, the page is rated “C”, meaning that “considerable editing is needed to close gaps in information”.