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  • on 29.11.2015
  • at 04:46 PM
  • by Kimberley Evans

African Countries Feeling Exposed to Extreme Weather Changes 0

Extreme weather conditions, an impact of climate change faced by African countries despite contributing the least global emissions, is attracting the attention of many as the clock ticks towards the start of the 2015 United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21).

Severe weather events are causing significant loss of life and livelihoods among communities in Africa. The situation is a major challenge to African governments given that the probability of occurrence of events is continuously changing alongside associated risks. Extreme weather events in Africa are higher temperatures, drought, flooding and diseases.

Emmanuel Oluyakode Oladipo, an expert on climate and one of Nigeria’s lead negotiators for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties and who is exp

Speaking during the Seventh Annual Media briefing on Climate Change organised by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) for Global South journalists from 6 November 2015 in New Delhi, India, Oladipo noted that closer collaboration between scientists and policy-makers is a priority for Africa if the continent is to tackle the growing challenge of extreme weather patterns.

Oladipo, who is also a climatology professor, said that climate change is compounding the difficult situation in which Africa finds itself in terms of ensuring food security and securing livelihoods. “Extreme weather events results into unnatural disasters. Rains come but they are not useful to farmers. For instance, in Nigeria in 2015 there was no rain in southern parts of the country only falling in August when it was least expected with November having three days of unexpected rain,” he said.

Expected to pitch the case of Africa during the COP21 to be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11. He said African countries have an uphill task in tackling hazardous weather events. This he says is because climate dynamics are very complex, more so than the operations of tropical systems which are yet to be fully understood.

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