The Guardian (11/26) said severe drought has left communities in Congo, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and elsewhere on the brink of famine. According to the Guardian, 40 million people in southern Africa and 11 million in Ethiopia will need food aid over the next few months.
Thomson Reuters Foundation (11/28) quoted agriculture experts from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) saying that areas surrounding the Sahara desert can be revitalized, despite decades of overgrazing and deforestation, if 10 million hectares are restored each year.
Reuters (11/28) said that warmer waters and coral bleaching are slowing the recovery of stocks in traditional Thai fishing grounds, threatening Thailand’s ability to combat illegal fishing. The E.U. has warned it will impose a ban on Thailand, the world’s third-largest seafood exporter, if the country can’t improve regulation of its fishing industry.
The Economic Times of India (11/14) said that new U.S.-supported projects will bring more renewable energy projects to India. The U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) will provide $75 million in financing for a utility-scale PV project in the Indian state of Telangana. OPIC will also support a $20 million partnership with leading philanthropies to bring more efficient appliances to rural Indian villages.
Quartz (11/25) reported Finland plans to stop using coal by 2030, according to a newly released climate and energy strategy from the Finnish ministry of economic affairs and employment.
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