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How best to convey the urgency of the climate crisis to UK corporations?

It is a commonly held view across the UK that climate change is a significant issue that requires urgent attention from everyone in order to tackle it.

How can European cities become more resilient to higher temperatures resulting from climate change?

The scientific community and European city representatives have identified heat waves, along with flooding and droughts, as the most significant current climate and weather-related hazards.
The World’s Forgotten Victims: 30 Million People Displaced Within Their Own Country

The World’s Forgotten Victims: 30 Million People Displaced Within Their Own Country

They are displaced within their own country. In 2020, 30.7 million people were forced to relocate from their homelands.

Climate Change and Changing Precipitation Patterns: Impacts and Actions in South Asia and Pakistan

Climate Change and Changing Precipitation Patterns: Impacts and Actions in South Asia and Pakistan

South Asia in general and Pakistan in particular have been experiencing significant changes in precipitation patterns in recent years.

Prospects of Moribund Agriculture Sector in Pakistan

Prospects of Moribund Agriculture Sector in Pakistan

Pakistan, a country located in South Asia, was once predominantly an agricultural society. The country's economy was heavily dependent on agriculture, which was the primary source of food and employment for a large proportion of the population.

Carbon Markets: To tackle South Asian Climate Crises.

Carbon Markets: To tackle South Asian Climate Crises.

Carbon Markets: To tackle South Asian Climate Crises. To understand the changing nature of climate and rising average global temperature.

Pakistan: Apocalyptic Impacts of Climate Change

Pakistan: Apocalyptic Impacts of Climate Change

The ungoing situation of climate change has a potential to bring apocalypse upon the human race living on planet earth. The impact of harsh weather might be slow but it is causing gradual damage to our ecosystem.

Keeping the rise in global average temperature

Keeping the rise in global average temperature

Dr. Kevin Trenberth, the Nobel laureate and distinguished scientist says “Some of the Human induced changes are occurring 100 times faster than they occur in nature and it worries me more than the climate change itself”.

Devastating impact of floodings in Nigeria.

Devastating impact of floodings in Nigeria.

Nigeria, like most countries in Africa and across the globe, is going through the devastating effects of flood. A combination of heavy rains and the impact of climate change that is receiving lip service, makes flood control and management a perennial challenge.

However, with each passing year, the impact of the flooding keeps getting worse. And what’s more worrisome is the inadequate attention being paid to it. As of September, the raging floods had claimed many lives and properties despite warnings.

In Nigeria, heavy rains combined with dam releases has caused further flooding, affecting communities in at least 18 states since the start of September.

The release of water from Kiri and Lagdo dams in Cameroon has resulted in flooding in communities along the river banks of around 12 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Taraba and Adamawa States. In all of these places locals have been displaced; and farmland and houses submerged.

The same is the case with the release of dam waters from the Kainji and Shiroro dams in Nigeria's Niger state.

Assessments carried out on 19 September 2022 revealed 3,274 people were affected while about 1,213 houses were destroyed. Farmlands are also known to be submerged while their sources of livelihood were also destroyed. This is now certainly a common sight across many states in Nigeria.

The floods continue to ravage with no end in sight. Kogi State and especially its riverine areas are hard hit, and residents whose major source of livelihood is rice farming continue to lament their losses as over 600 hectares of rice farmland are submerged in water.

Exactly ten years (2012) after a massive flood submerged several communities in Kogi State, the waters have returned to wreak more havoc. The flood has sacked people from their houses and destroyed invaluable properties including crops and farmlands.

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The most affected communities are in Lokoja, Bassa, Koton-karfe, Ajaokuta, Ibaji, Ofu and Idah Local Government Areas. Where victims of the flood count their losses.

Without doubts, there should be a permanent solution sought at least to the levels at which humans and governments can.

From the assessment conducted, the following could readily be options to explore.

  • Flooding can be prevented by building canals and more dams across the Niger or Benue; and other major rivers.

  • Dredging of river beds to allow for greater depth across the river course.

  • Levees and dykes should be built around rivers to obstruct the flow of river water into lowlands.

  • More trees should be planted in flood prone areas to serve as natural barriers.

  • Governments can also explore measures at harvesting rainwater for other uses.

  • Legislation and enforcement of laws that make disposal of refuse and dirt indiscriminately an infringement of law that attracts fines or jail terms.

Exploring the above could be to a large extent readily implementable measures to stem the tide of frequent floodings. However, governments must recognise the greater threat of climate change and must rise up to the occasion by ratifying and implementing agreements, policies and local strategies that would to more concrete extents save our cities, states and nation; and maybe mother earth.

 

The Bushmeat Crisis: Tipping The Scales In Africa.

The Bushmeat Crisis: Tipping The Scales In Africa.

Bushmeat refers to wildlife that is hunted and sold for human consumption. Across Africa, but more prominently in Western and Central Africa, both the legal and illegal trade of bushmeat contribute significantly to the economy as well as food security for rural communities.