"Africa has 54 countries, more than one-quarter of the 195 nations on the
planet today. The continent is also home to roughly 1.3 billion souls, more
than one-sixth of the human population. And despite comprising a large chunk of
the community of Homo sapiens, however, Africa is responsible for less than
four percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.
Life being unfair, that isn't going to spare Africans from suffering as a
result of man-made global warming. A recent study revealed that Mount
Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda and the Mount Kenya
massif in Kenya are going to lose their glaciers — the only ones on the entire
continent. Losing these iconic natural landmarks isn't the worst thing that
will happen to Africa because of climate change — there will be extreme weather
events, rising sea levels, economic devastation and more — but there is a
melancholy symbolism to their impending disappearance.
Climate change isn't a problem caused by all people equally; it is caused
mostly by the rich, and since we live in a capitalist world, the suffering will
fall disproportionately on the poor. Climate scientists, sociologists and
economists are largely in agreement on this point. And it presages the way that
things will need to change in order to stave off the extinction of humanity."
Via Robert Sanscartier.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics