Climate change and carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration: An African perspective

M. Sengul, A. E. Pillay, C. G. Francis, M. Elkadi

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Since 1990 carbon dioxide emissions in Africa have increased by about 50%. The total carbon dioxide emissions of the entire African continent are not, however, anywhere near those of countries such as India or China. Yet certain African countries have per capita emissions comparable to some European countries. What is the outlook for Africa? How should African countries respond as it becomes increasingly likely that climate change is occurring? Increased industrial growth and more foreign investment in Africa, especially in countries that are politically and economically stable, have led to huge commercial developments such as the In Salah gas project in Algeria, which releases more than a million tons of carbon dioxide annually; and synthetic fuel plants and power stations in South Africa that generate more than 350 million tons per year. In this perspective should some African countries be required to limit greenhouse gas emissions or should they be immune to 'environmental taxation'? This paper critically reviews the carbon dioxide problem in some parts of Africa and its role in climate change.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)543-554
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Studies
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2007


  • Algeria
  • Carbon management
  • Global warming
  • Kyoto Protocol
  • South Africa


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