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Obstacles facing Africa’s young climate scientists

Current and future climate change poses a substantial threat to the African continent. Young scientists are needed to advance Earth systems science on the continent, but they face significant challenges.

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Dike, V.N., Addi, M., Andang’o, H.A. et al. Obstacles facing Africa’s young climate scientists. Nature Clim Change 8, 447–449 (2018).

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