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Africa Needs Digital Revolution to Handle Climate Change

Africa urgently needs 4,000 to 5,000 weather stations so countries can track and understand changes to the world’s climate, according to the World Bank.

Thin data flow and poor internet penetration leave many communities flying blind in the face of extreme conditions such as drought or heavy rains, it warns in a report.

“The lives of the majority of the world’s people remain largely untouched by the digital revolution. Only around 15% can afford access to broadband internet,” it says.

The benefits of investing in better weather systems could be anywhere between $4-36 billion according to the 2016 ‘Digital Dividends’ study.

David Hung

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