African cities pledge to cut climate emissions to zero by 2050


LAGOS: Africa is sometimes better known for its vulnerability to climate change than its action on the problem – but a set of African cities intend to change that.

Eight cities – from Accra to Dar es Salaam – pledged this week to deliver their share of emissions cuts needed to meet Paris Agreement targets to limit climate change.

That means achieving “zero carbon” city economies by 2050 – with climate changing emissions eliminated, or dramatically reduced and any small remaining emissions offset by other green actions.

“We cannot ignore the implications of what will befall us if we do not act now,” said Mohammed Adjei Sowah, the mayor of Accra, Ghana’s capital, at a planning meeting in Nigeria on urban climate action in Africa.

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