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October 2020 Newsletter




October 31, 2020


Welcome to the October 2020 edition of the Future Climate for Africa newsletter showcasing the recent highlights and work of FCFA. 

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News in Brief

FCFA podcast series: the African Climate Breakdown

Listen in as we share FCFA’s ground-breaking climate change research and hear stories on the impact of climate change on Africa and how communities can better adapt to allow for a more climate-resilient future. Listen to the trailer episode here and keep a lookout for the other episodes that will be released soon.

East Africa’s extreme rainfall of October 2019 – January 2019: is it linked to climate change? 

The 2019 October-December rains over East Africa were one of the wettest seasons on record, with many locations receiving more than double the climatological rainfall, leading to floods and landslides across the region. This above average rainfall led to favourable vegetation characteristics for locusts, contributing to the ongoing locust plagues across East Africa, one of the worst ever recorded. The rainfall also made a sizable contribution to a rise in Lake Victoria’s water level, which combined with above average rainfall during March and April 2020 led to record-breaking water levels in Lake Victoria, flooding homes and infrastructure. A new paper describes the season and factors associated with the wet conditions, describing how these link to man-made climate change. Read more here.

New research will improve early warning of devastating megastorms

Ground-breaking scientific research will make it easier to predict the path of some of the world’s most powerful storms, enabling communities to better protect themselves from severe flooding. This research is now helping scientists to develop online tools to better forecast the path and strength of an approaching storm, which will inform alert systems for communities across Africa, providing them with up to six hours’ warning. Read more here.

HyCRISTAL at 56th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum 

GHACOF56 was convened online on the 26 of August 2020 by the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) in collaboration with HyCRISTAL and other partners to review the forecast performance over the previous season and issue the October to December 2020 rainy season forecast for the Eastern Africa region. The virtual format enforced by COVID-19 related restrictions enabled a record-breaking 250 attendees, and much discussion, with positive feedback on the HyCRISTAL session led by Geoffrey Sabiiti. Read more on GHACOF56 here.

Online journalist training on climate change reporting 

Future Climate for Africa, together with leading experts from BBC Media Action and NECJOGHA, hosted an online climate change journalist training on 5, 7 and 9 October for African journalists. The aim of the training was to increase journalists’ understanding of climate change and their capacity to report on climate change issues in Africa. There was an overwhelming response to the training with over 200 journalists from across Africa applying. This high demand indicates the great need and interest for capacity development activities for journalists on climate change and as a result, FCFA is planning to host a few repeat trainings to ensure wider reach.

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