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by Kristine Skarsvåg

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During the GHACOF59 a couple of weeks ago, the seasonal forecast for October, November, and December (OND) was presented. This season is the rainfall season in the East African region, and the forecast predicted the season to be drier than normal. 2021 has already been a much drier year than usual in most of the region, and according to this forecast, it is expected to continue. The forecast indicates moderate to severe drought conditions in the region for the rest of the year. Areas particularly affected by this is Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya; southern, central and north-western…


First of its kind in Africa

by Grace Miswa, Viola Otieno, Erick Otenyo and Marta Baraibar

The East Africa Drought Watch (https://droughtwatch.icpac.net/) is the very first public transboundary system that uses near-real-time Earth Observation and Weather Information to monitor drought conditions in a region in Africa.

The system contains colour coded drought risk information by country and allows users to generate their own analysis and reports containing time series of visual information (e.g. drought risk, precipitation, vegetation, soil moisture). The system contains tools to allow users to assess the drought situation and the risk that current conditions pose to livelihoods. …


By Marta Baraibar

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Outrage and Optimism

Led by ex-Secretary General of the UNFCCC, Christiana Figueres, this Podcast covers the latest news from science, business, finance, politics, and culture every Thursday with a can-do attitude. This podcast is for everyone looking to expand their understanding of the climate crisis and get inspired to take action. Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and Google Podcast.

TIL Climate by MIT

Climate change is confusing. This award-winning MIT podcast breaks down the science, technologies, and policies behind climate change, how it’s impacting us, and what our society can do about it. Each quick episode gives you the what, why, and how…


More disasters, injuries, and costs but fewer deaths

by Thabang Doreen Lebese, Linda Ogallo, and Marta Baraibar

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The WMO has just released an Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes (1970–2019) assessing the impacts of disasters over the past 50 years. We decided to look at what the data looks like for our region, but first, let’s look at some of the global findings.

Climate change leads to more extreme weather, but we got better at early warning, and this saves lives.

Global Highlights

· A disaster related to a weather, climate or water hazard occurred every day on average, killing 115 people and causing…


shared by Clare Nullis, WMO

by Kristine Skarsvåg

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At the ICPAC training week in early June, Clare Nullis from WMO talked to the participants about how to handle the media. She has twenty years of journalistic experience, after which she started working as a Media Officer at WMO, which makes her insights valuable to the participants of the training week. This article will sum up some of the key points and advice from Clare

Analysing WMO´s media coverage, they found that the frequency is closely linked to extreme weather events like drought, heatwaves, and hurricanes. There is definitely a public interest in WMO´s work connected…


By Collins Ochieng Onyaga

With contributions from the ICPAC Climate Change Technical Working Group.

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The Earth’s climate has changed a lot over the past billion years and at the moment, human influence on the climate system is now an established fact[1]. However, we should be talking about the future climate as well. This is important in planning and preparing for the adverse conditions ahead or doing away with the activities that are likely to contribute significantly to the problem. The past climatic conditions leave physical records that can be studied like ice cores and tree rings. Therefore the methods for…


Challenges and Opportunities

By Patricia Nying’uro

With contributions from the ICPAC Climate Change Technical Working Group

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The IPCC just recently released the first of three scientific reports that will make up the 6th Assessment Report commonly referred to as AR6. The report released is the Working Group I (WGI) report established on the physical science basis of Climate Change. You may have read a lot about the implications that the science presented in this new report has on humanity as a whole and on various geographical regions including Africa. It has even been called a ‘Code Red’ for humanity.

Regional Fact Sheets: for Africa, Urban Regions and Mountain Areas

According to the regional…


By Collison Lore

With contributions from the ICPAC Climate Change Technical Working Group

Editor CW Njoka

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The media has over the years worked closely with meteorological agencies in Eastern Africa. Some of the hallmarks of the working relationship has been the regular reporting of weather forecasts and discussions on climate issues including disaster reduction communication. This is good, however with the recently released report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that provides the strongest case yet for human-caused global warming, it is imperative that the media and meteorological engagement be boosted significantly. …


Towards achieving targets in Nationally Determined Contributions

By Timothy Ranja

With contributions from the ICPAC Climate Change Technical Working Group

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Energy access and affordability is closely linked to socio-economic growth and sustainable development. Clean energy is essential in eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development. It contributes both directly and indirectly to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Goal 7 of the SDGs aims at ensuring everyone has access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services by the year 2030. To achieve the SDG targets on energy access, it is crucial to increase investment in renewable energy. Use of renewable energy facilitates the achievement of SDG…


By Dr.Geoffrey Sabiiti

With contributions from the ICPAC Climate Change Technical Working Group

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Planning for climate change smart actions and solutions requires a great deal of information. Despite minimal benefits expected from climate change in Africa, the challenges have become widespread and cross-cutting. Much of the challenges fall disproportionately on the poor countries majority of which are in Africa. According to studies (Kompas et al., 2018 and Thurlow et al., 2012), climate change related hazards account for economic losses of about 4% of gross domestic product (GDP) in some Africa countries annually. Such events (floods and droughts) and their impacts…

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