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Mt. Kilimanjaro's glacier cap predicted to melt by 2040 Updated: 2021-10-20 07:58:23 KST

The UN climate agency on Tuesday released a grim prediction on the state of Africa's climate.
The latest report by the World Meteorological Organization noted that Africa's renown eastern glaciers, including Tanzania's Kilimanjaro, will vanish by the 2040s, while 118 million people could face imminent drought, floods or extreme heat, while climate change could shave 3-percent off the continents GDP by the middle of the century.

"Africa, as this report emphasizes, is warming more and at a faster rate than the global average. This calls for more urgent and appropriate policy responses, both in Africa and globally. Beyond being a snapshot of climate trends, extreme weather, and associated risks and impacts in key sensitive sectors, the report highlights lessons for climate action in Africa."

According to recent data, 2020 was Africa's third warmest year on record, while an estimated 1.2 million people were displaced by storms and floods in the same year.
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