My cousin snapchats the temperature on the car dashboard – it’s 42 °C – followed by a series of fire emojis. Outside, street vendors seek shade under leafy trees. Shutters are closed. Only at dusk do people emerge from the confines of their homes, and the medinas and cafés soon begin to fill with nocturnal life. I am in Morocco visiting family during an unexpected heatwave. The intense weather and Morocco’s investment in renewables have got me thinking about how COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt in November will address the consequences of climate breakdown in Africa.

Situated between the Mediterranean ...


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