Climate Change and Temperatures
Climate change refers to an increase in average global temperatures. Natural events and human activities are believed to be contributing to an increase in average global temperatures.
This is caused primarily by increases in greenhouse gases such as Carbon Dioxide (CO2). Nigeria is experiencing adverse climate conditions with negative impacts on the welfare of millions of people.
Persistent droughts and flooding, off season rains and dry spells have sent growing seasons out of orbit, on a country dependent on a rain fed agriculture. Alarm bells are ringing with lakes drying up and a reduction in river flow in the arid and semi arid region. The result is fewer water supplies for use in agriculture, hydro power generation and other users. The main suspect for all this havoc is Climate Change. Scientific studies show snows are disappearing rapidly. Climate Change has been confirmed following release of the 4th IPCC Assessment report. Africa will be worst hit by the effects of Climate Change which Nigeria is part of it.
Climate change is already beginning to transform life on Earth. Around the globe, seasons are shifting, temperatures are climbing and sea levels are rising. And meanwhile, our planet must still supply us and all living things with below substantial need;
- And a safe Places to live
If we don’t act now, climate change will rapidly grow and alter the lands and waters we all depend upon for survival, leaving our children and grandchildren with a very different world. Some of the most dangerous consequences’ of climate change are listed here, which one will have the most impact on life, or on the place you care about?
Man-made climate change is one of the biggest threats to the world at large that we face today. It is not just us saying this but Barrack Obama, David Cameron, UN Secretary General Ban-ki– Moon, Pope Francis WWF, Leonardo Di Caprio and Emma Thompson have share these.
Climate change will have major effects on the world’s water systems, including an increase in floods and droughts, causing in turn, an impact on food supply, displacement and conflict.
Seasonal shift s, extreme weather conditions change in precipitation patterns caused by climate change will have impact on farming and agriculture, a source of food and livelihood for more tan half of the global population. The world has warmed by O.8°C since pre-industrial times. Reports by NASA, the MET, Japan’s Metrorological Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmosphereic Administration (NOAA) indicate that 2014 was the hottest year on record. At the current rate of degradation, the iconic Great Barrier Reef could be dead within a human lifetime. A report release by WWF and leading meteorologist shows that human-induced globalwarming was a key factor in the severity of 2002 drought in Australia, generally regarded as the worst ever.
2003, Scotland’s hottest year on record saw hundreds of adult salmon die as rivers become too warm for salmon to be able to extract enough oxygen from the water.
Rising sea levels threaten entire nation a on low-lying islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. In December this year, world leaders will be gathering in Paris to make commitments to fight climate change and ensure a sustainable future for our planet. We thick we should all be aware of what the discussions will be.
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Climate change might seem too huge or too abstract a challenge but real impact can be achieved all it takes is the first step. Join JECSF to help deliver tangible environmental outcomes and use.
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Solutions To Prevent Climate Change
- Take a few minutes to contact your political representatives and the media to tell them you want immediate action on climate change. Remind them that reducing greenhouse gas emission will also build healthier communities, spur economics innovation and create new jobs, and next time you re at the polls vote for Politician’s who support effective climate policies.
- Be energy efficient :You already switch off lights—what’s next? Change light bulbs to compact fluorescent or LEDs, unplug computers, TVs and other electronics when not in use. Wash clothes in cold or warm (not hot) water. Dryers are energy hogs, so hang dry when you can. Install a programmable thermostat. Look for the Energy Star label when buying new appliances. And a home energy audit is cheaper than you think—book one today to find even more ways to save energy.
- Choose renewable power : Ask your utility to switch your account to clean, renewable power, such as from wind farms. If it doesn’t offer this option yet, ask it to
- Eat wisely’: Buy organic and locally grown foods. Avoid processed items. Grow some of your food and eat low on the food chain at least one meat free meal a day. Food writer Michael Pollan sums it up best; eat food not too much, mostly plants
- Trim your waste: Garbage buried in landfills produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Keep stuff out of landfills by composting kitchen scraps and garden trimmings, and recycling paper, plastic, metal and glass. Let store managers and manufacturer know you want products with minimal or recyclable packages.
- Fly Less: Air travel leaves behind a huge carbon footprint. Before you book your next airline ticket, consider greener options such as buses or trains, or try vacationing closer to home. You can also stay in touch with people by videoconferencing, which saves time as well as travel and accommodation costs .
- Get informed : Follow the latest news about climate change. Join JECSF. Host a presentation for your community or workplace by requesting a presenter trained by JECSF from the Climate Change Project
- Green your communities : Transportation causes about 25 per cent of Nigeria greenhouse gas emissions, so walk cycle or take transit whenever you can. You’ll save money and get into better shape if you cant go car free, try carpooling or car sharing, and use the smallest, most fuel efficient vehicle possible.
- Support and Donate: Many organizations, including JECSF foundation are working hard on solutions to climate change and rely on financial support from citizens like you. Consider making a donation today by calling out our hotline