In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest report on climate change to assess the scientific, technical, and socio-economic information relevant for understanding the risk of human-induced climate change. The IPCC was created by the United Nations in 1988, and is widely seen as the leading body of scientific experts in the field of climate change research.
Sub-Saharan Africa suffers from greater levels of water stress than many other regions in the world. Experts say wise economic development focused on infrastructure and improved treaties on water allocation are crucial to relieving this stress.
Niger's long-running cycle of drought threatens to cause a new round of food shortages affecting millions, world relief agencies warn. International agencies, donor states, and NGOs are debating a way to break a different cycle: treating poor African states as short-term crises rather than funding longer-term solutions.
The World Resources Institutes releases its monthly update on global water resources.