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Climate change: less hot air needed

Mozambique needs a bold and consistent strategy to face new environmental realities

Newspaper front pages in Mozambique
Yesterday’s front pages in Maputo. Photo © Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

Good morning, from another delayed Daily — but we’re nearly back on track.

In today’s Daily, our Editor at Large, Fernando Lima, takes a look at some of the confusing debates around Mozambique’s place in global debates around the environment and climate change. After that, the usual summaries and analysis from the Zitamar team.

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The latest from Zitamar News:

At least eight military killed in Macomia ambush
Security forces in Cabo Delgado suffered their bloodiest incident since January
Several of those killed appear to be wearing the uniforms of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) but they likely belong to the European Union-trained Quick Reaction Force (QRF), which looks similar. The casualties who escaped and were treated at hospital in Pemba were all Mozambican, a local source told Zitamar.

Another conference on climate change and environment is taking place in Maputo this week, in a country among the most affected by natural disasters in the last decade.

It is not enough to blame the big polluters for the present situation in an unequal world where the most affected are the smallest contributors to climate change. When speeches and passionate positions fade away, countries like Mozambique need to face the dramatic impact of severe rains and tropical cyclones almost every year, with a devastating impact on people and infrastructure.

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