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Vol 55 No 19

Published 26th September 2014

The fire this century

Demonstrations, rhetoric and technological innovation in Africa all help but the political will is missing in negotiations for a new climate treaty

At least it started well. Three days before the world's leaders gathered on 23 September at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to debate the urgent measures needed to stop global warming and its attendant catastrophes, 350,000 people took to the streets of New York to demand far tougher commitment from their governments. Among their ranks were protestors from Central Africa, the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, regions where shrinking lakes and forests and expanding deserts are wreaking havoc with regional ecosystems and efforts to rebuild economies.

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