Climate Change: Africa among the Most Vulnerable

Johannesburg, Oct 11. -Africa will speak up on the consequences of global warming in this region at the high-level UN climate summit in Durban in November, local media reported on Tuesday.The agenda of the African countries' bloc will include the vulnerable situation of the continent in sectors such as agriculture, environment and poverty given the predictable 1.5 degree increase of temperature due to global warming.

Africa will again defend a new commitment to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which will expire in 2012, aiming at reducing even more Greenhouse gas emissions.

More than 13 million people living in parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda and Yibuti face a chronic shortage of water and food due other reasons apart from climate change, which threatens to worsen and spread throughout the region.

The UN believes that Africa suffers the worst drainage of the last 60 years and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs described the situation as disastrous warning about the increase of hungry and homeless people. (Prensa Latina)