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Zimbabwe’s climate action plan: a win for the environment, health and energy

Zimbabwe’s updated climate action plan offers a wide range of social, health and development benefits, writes Chris Malley in The Conversation UK.

Chris Malley / Published on 5 September 2023
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Though Zimbabwe contributes less than 0.1% of global greenhouse gas emissions, the country has committed to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030. By making these efforts to mitigate climate change, Zimbabwe will also be able to achieve a number of societal benefits, as well as meetings its international obligations. Research points to three key benefits for Zimbabwe:

  1. Public health: reducing greenhouse gases would reduce air pollutant emissions, thereby lowering air pollution exposure indoors and outdoors.
  2. Improved biodiversity: conservation agriculture and better managing natural forest could improve soil quality and reduce wildlife losses.
  3. Access to reliable energy: improving access to renewable energy and reducing losses from electricity transmission and distribution could reduce blackouts and reliance on fossil fuels.

Read the article in full in The Conversation UK. This analysis is also published by All Africa, Modern Ghana, Polity and several other African media outlets.

Solar panels in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Solar energy is being used to power pumps which will extract water from below the surface.

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Chris Malley

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SEI York

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