Tackling climate change: ‘African leaders are talking and not acting’
24 January 2023 | 4:45 pm
Developing nations bear the brunt of the climate crisis, even though they have the world's smallest carbon footprints. This is all the more consequential for indigenous populations, which often have more direct reliance on the natural environment.
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