climate change

How will West Africa’s climate ‘feel’ decades from now?

If greenhouse gas emissions continue to climb, by the end of the century the average day in West Africa will be well outside of what people experience in today’s climate, according to new University of Leeds research published in Climatic Change. This is due to the region warming and the monsoon rains being disrupted in … Continue Reading

Kenyan Lakes reach record levels

By Jemimah Gacheru (KMD), Chris Kiptum (KMD), David Koros (KMD), Caroline Wainwright (Reading), John Marsham (Leeds) for GCRF-African SWIFT Several lakes in Kenya’s Rift Valley have reached record levels, causing concerns for livelihoods and ecology in the region. Lake Baringo and Lake Bogoria, once 20 kilometres apart, are now so close there are fears one could … Continue Reading

A ‘FLAIR’ for research: SWIFT scientist awarded prestigious fellowship

By Lauren Phillips, University of Leeds Ghana’s agricultural sector loses more than £20 million each year due to extreme temperatures, changes in rain cycles, floods and droughts – poor climatic conditions as a result of climate change. For a country where agriculture accounts for more than 50% of the GDP and provides more than 90% … Continue Reading