Sunday, July 24, 2016
When Barack Obama unveiled a $7bn plan to double access to electricity across sub-Saharan Africa it was hailed as game-changing step that could transform millions of lives.
Crumbling, mismanaged energy systems have long been an oppressive brake on economic growth in the region's 49 countries, which have less grid-connected electricity than South Korea and about 600m power-starved people.
However, three years after Mr Obama promised to bring "light where currently there is darkness" and "clean energy to protect our planet", progress on the ground is proving painfully slow.
Food insecurity plaguing the region, Guatemalan town strives to become adaptation model, Mexico adds budget to mitigation efforts in Tabasco
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Five people, including a local mayor, were killed in a confrontation on Saturday morning in a picturesque small town in southern Mexican state of Chiapas, a government official said.
A group of protesters arrived in the town of San Juan Chamula to make complaints to the municipal government when some brandished firearms killing mayor Domingo Lopez, a driver, two other officials, and a local resident.
A huge toxic algae bloom in Utah has closed one of the largest freshwater lakes west of the Mississippi river, sickening more than 100 people and leaving farmers scrambling for clean water during some of the hottest days of the year.
The bacteria commonly known as blue-green algae has spread rapidly to cover almost all of 150-square-mile Utah Lake, turning the water bright, anti-freeze green with a pea soup texture and leaving scummy foam along the shore.