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Kenya's President William Ruto, flanked by African leaders, addresses the media after the close of the Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi.

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African leaders call for global carbon taxes

One of the big questions hanging over the historic African Climate Summit in Nairobi this week was: Where’s the money going to come from? After all, switching to sustainable energy sources and coping with the worst effects of climate change is expensive, and while African nations suffer disproportionately from the risks — droughts, conflicts over scarce resources, irregular migration — the continent receives just 12% of global financing to tackle the problem.

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Climate activists gather in Nairobi, Kenya.

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What Africa has to say about climate change

Dozens of world leaders are currently meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, for the first-ever Africa Climate Summit. While these gatherings often serve as mere talk shops, this summit represents a symbolic opportunity for the continent to lead on an issue that overwhelmingly affects its 1.3 billion people.

And there’s plenty of hype to back it up: An above-the-fold headline in the Daily Nation, a Kenyan daily newspaper, proclaimed this gathering as “Africa's moment.” Some big news has already come out of the summit, which ends today, but not everyone is happy about where things stand.

What’s on the agenda and what’s at stake?

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