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Africa is Holding an Historic Climate Summit

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The first ever Africa Climate Change Summit began today, bringing heads of state, diplomats and experts from all over the continent for three days in Nairobi. The event is co-hosted by Kenya and the African Union, and panels will discuss topics like climate finance, renewable energy, land use and sustainable infrastructure.

Despite contributing just 3.8 percent of the globe’s historical carbon emissions, Africa faces unique challenges when it comes to climate change because of its complex and poorly understood weather systems, said Richard Washington, a professor of climate science at the University of Oxford.

"The climate systems on the African continent as a whole have got the biggest vulnerability of anywhere on Earth," Washington said. "It's a combination of a physical climate system that is not particularly well understood compared with many other regions of the world and the vulnerability of the society."

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