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Africa's Lack of PhDs Limits Contribution to Climate Change Policy

In the UK and US, much of the news about universities and climate change is centred on fossil fuel disinvestment.

In May, it was reported that for the second year in a row that the University of California ranked highest in the Global Climate 500 index among universities incorporating climate change risks in their investment decision-making. Divestment means selling off endowment and pension fund holdings in fossil fuels in favour of more ethical investments, arguably contributing to a weakening of the fossil-fuel industry.

Climate change debates in the developing world’s universities are different. Only a handful of African universities have endowment funds, and even those are extremely modest by international standards. Over the fossil fuel industry, or any other industry for that matter, our universities exercise little economic leverage.


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