Climate Change in Africa

By Chenje, Munyaradzi | African Studies Review, September 2010 | Go to article overview

Climate Change in Africa


Chenje, Munyaradzi, African Studies Review


GEOGRAPHY, ENVIRONMENT, AND DEMOGRAPHY Camilla Toulmin. Climate Change in Africa London/New York: Zed Books, 2009. Distributed in the USA by Palgrave MacMillan. xiii + 172 pp. Bibliography. Index. $23.95. Paper.

Climate change is a challenge at many levels, not the least of which is the need to make the results and significance of the underlying complex scientific research more accessible to the everyday needs and language of diverse cultures across the world, Africa included. While there has been a huge explosion of technical data and information on climate change over the past decade, many consider it an issue of concern to scientists only. Others are skeptical about its causes and doubt whether it affects them directly. The challenge for all involved in climate change science is to relate it to everyday experience.

In Climate Change in Africa Camilla Toulmin has gone a long way toward addressing this clear and present challenge. She manages to distill climate change science findings from multiple reports and to weave a compelling narrative of the impact of this global phenomenon on a continent that faces particular limitations in solving its multiple challenges. The book is a welcome, accessible addition to the growing body of literature on climate change and Africa, a necessary read for both the initiated and uninitiated alike.

Through an introduction and nine chapters, Toulmin not only highlights global climate change in relation to Africa, but also narrows down the discussion to essential African issues - water resources, forests, food security, and conflict. I found the chapter on climate change and conflict (107-26) of particular interest because of my concern over growing speculation by some researchers that climate change will worsen conflicts in Africa. Toulmin 's emphatic conclusion, that "there is Ii tue solid evidence to support a direct causal link between climate change and conflict" (116), gives reassurance that voices of temperance and fact-based analysis still exist, avoiding simplistic causal links to complex human-nature interactions. …

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