Can oil, gas and coal give way to renewables? A draft COP 28 declaration on climate and health omits any reference to fossil fuels or their phase-out, something scientists say is critical to human and planetary health.
Liberia, a West African nation founded in the 19th century by freed American slaves, is a country of immense natural beauty and rich biodiversity.
However, this natural wealth is under threat due to the extensive deforestation and logging activities that have taken place over the years.
Ella Kissi-Debrah’s little body could take it no more. In 2013, the nine-year-old died after an acute asthma attack after living the whole of her short life 30 metres from London’s busy South Circular road, with repeated visits to the hospital following frequent seizures.
The coroner pronounced in 2020 that the toxic fumes she had breathed because of the traffic on the roadway were partly to blame. It was the first known instance of the law recognising air pollution as a cause of death.
In the scramble for African carbon credits, Blue Carbon has rivals. Some are local actors keen to find new ways of making money from forests. But others are international players.
A prominent sheikh in the oil-rich Gulf state hosting this year’s UN climate negotiations, COP28, is heading a new rush to capture and sell carbon credits by managing tens of millions of acres of forests across Africa. Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum, a member of the royal family of Dubai, which is part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), wants to sell those credits to rich governments in the Gulf and elsewhere, so they can offset their carbon emissions to help them meet their carbon pledges under the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Four West African countries have signed the World Bank’s multimillion dollar renewable energy project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase electricity access to millions of consumers in Chad, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
An independent investigation into logging in the Liberian rainforest found illegal operations “on a significant scale,” with multiple missteps or breaches of law by the government agency charged with protecting those forests, according to a copy of the report obtained by The Associated Press.