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The climate change issue

Nov 21, 2013, 9:35 AM

There continue to be conventions, coalitions, and conferences all held in its name. Hundreds of politicians have discussed, debated and even come to agree on possible solutions armed with which we might stand and face its impending challenge.

Thousands of scientists have released studies, statements, and reports documenting its harmful, and possibly even catastrophic consequences for all of the world’s biodiversity.

Experts said that Africa is already vulnerable to climate variability. “Small rises in temperature and reductions in rainfall could ‘tip the balance’ and lead to severe water shortages and reductions in crop yields.”

It is said these could fall by as much as 30 per cent by the 2050s. Historical evidence shows that both natural and managed ecosystems in Africa face substantial adverse impacts from existing climate variability, the nature of which will almost certainly be altered by longer-term climate change.

The negative effects of climate change on crop production are especially pronounced in sub-Saharan Africa, as the agriculture sector accounts for a large share of GDP, export earnings, and employment in most African countries.

Climate change could undo even the little progress most African countries have achieved so far in terms of development.

Often, African governments have placed climate change at the bottom of their national priorities. This has to change, if they are to make any progress in dealing with the alarming trends.

More importantly, climate change adaptation strategies have to be strengthened.

Africa is facing the greatest catastrophe in human history. Climate change represents a nightmare scenario for the future of the people of the continent.

Thus, the necessity for African governments to put pressure on the developed countries to support them in their fight against climate change.

‘‘Climate change is a terrible problem, and it absolutely needs to be solved. It deserves to be a huge priority.’’

Bill Gates