from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI – RISING temperatures are feared to push millions of people in Africa into poverty and hunger unless governments take fast action.
The fears come as natural disasters such as droughts and floods have been thwarting development in the continent.
The 2016 El Niño phenomenon, which was supercharged by the effects of climate change, crippled rain-fed agricultural production and left over 40 million people foods insecure in Africa.
Without urgent action to reduce global emissions, the occurrence of climate shocks and stresses in the Africa region are expected to get worsen.
“A hotter Africa is a hungrier Africa,” said Apollos Nwafor, Pan Africa Director of Oxfam International, the humanitarian group.
He said currently, 1,1 degrees Celsius (°C) of warming globally, crops and livestock across the region were stressed and hunger fears rising.
“Settling for 2°C will be a death sentence for people in many parts of Africa. It only gets worse from here,” Nwafor lamented.
On 5 July this year, Africa registered its hottest reliable record temperature in Ouargla, northern Algeria when 51,3°C was recorded.
The Algeria’s hottest temperatures caused by global warming were described as worst.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned if global temperature rises by more than 2°C by the end of the century, by 2050 this could see daytime temperatures in North Africa and the Middle East rise to 46°C on the hottest days.
“This can be deadly,” IPCC warned.
– CAJ News