While the African continent is responsible for only 3% of carbon emissions, it accounts for 16% of methane emissions, another gas contributing to climate change.
A significant increase in methane emissions has been observed since 2006, a trend that cannot be solely explained by human activities.
Professor Euan Nisbet believes that the disruption of wetland ecosystems due to climate change could explain this phenomenon.
Extreme rainfall events and the expansion of flood-prone areas accelerate the decomposition of organic matter, leading to the production of methane.
Source: Le Monde