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Climate Change Economic Impacts: Africa Faces Hurdles Over Net Zero Emissions Target

Net Zero means that any emissions are balanced by absorbing an equivalent amount from the atmosphere. In order to meet the 1.5°C global warming target in the Paris Agreement, global carbon emissions should reach net zero around mid-century. For many African countries, that can mean the 2050s or 2060s and for developed nations, it means 2050, or preferably earlier. To speak more on the targets of net zero and how climate change devastation and destruction will only worsen if governments do not act now, we were joined by Nick Hedley, climate change writer and columnist.

This story was produced with support from Internews' Earth Journalism Network. It was first published in News Central on 31 January 2023. It has been slightly edited for length and clarity. 

Banner Image: South Africa is a country committed to becoming net zero by mid-century/Credit: Tianxiang Ji via Unsplash.