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‘Millions of Nigerians at risk of heatwave’


A new report on climate change and its effects on humans says millions of Nigerians are at risk of heatwave.

Nigeria has in recent times been experiencing extreme heat, with the Nigerian Meteorological Agency saying most parts of the country, including coastal areas, would be affected.

Sustainable Energy for All, an international organisation working with leaders in government and the private sector to drive action towards achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 7 on sustainable energy by 2030, said 1.05 billion people in poor rural and urban areas were now at risk from lack of access to cooling.

According to the report, the risk is particularly high across Nigeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, South Sudan and Togo, where more than 60 per cent of the population are at risk.

The report said it would become worse due to lack of cooling access for about 19.1 per cent of urban poor or those living largely in urban slums and 28.7 per cent of rural poor or those living in rural areas and largely without access to electricity.

“This increase in risk seems to be driven by rapid urbanisation, drawing people from poor rural settings, placing more and more pressure on urban slums to support them, and a lack of electricity access gains,” the report said.

The Head of Energy Efficiency and Cooling at Sustainable Energy for All, Brian Dean, in an interview with the newsmen, said governments, industry and development finance had huge roles to play in reducing the risks.

He explained that in a warming world facing deadly impact from climate change, cooling should not be seen as a luxury.

“It is essential for public safety, public health, nutritious food supplies, and effective medicine. Delivering it sustainably is an issue of equity that will enable millions to escape poverty and realise the sustainable development goals,” he said.

Dean said the report, ‘Chilling prospects: Tracking sustainable cooling for all 2019’, had set out a series of action-oriented recommendations to allow policymakers, development financiers and industry to accelerate action on access to cooling.

He said, “Governments can actively promote regional collaboration and market integration that lower the costs of cooling services, while development finance can make solutions for the most vulnerable a central part of project preparation grants.

“Industry can take steps to ensure high efficiency cooling technologies are available at an affordable price, and advocate to government on the need for policy and regulatory measures that support this goal.”

He stated that individuals could also take steps to help themselves, by becoming aware of risks and the resources available in the event of extreme heat.

According to him, public cooling centres can be set up to provide refuge during extreme heat.

Speaking on Nigeria’s electricity challenges which could have negative impact on any efforts towards sustainable cooling, Dean said alternative approaches to cooling could be deployed.

He said, “There are alternative approaches that do not require energy, such as cool or white roofs, passive solutions like shading, insulation, and using vegetation and green space to reduce heat stress in cities.

“By encouraging a more efficient use of energy, these types of approaches can reduce risks and the demand for cooling, in turn reducing the strain on the electricity distribution at peak times and contributing to greater access to reliable energy.”

He said such alternatives would be particularly important in warm areas where energy access deficits were high.

According to Dean, public awareness is crucial to addressing the issue, adding that awareness of resources available to people during a heatwave can improve outcomes significantly.

Braima Dabó recebe prémio 'fair play' da federação internacional de atletismo

Estudante do Instituto Politécnico de Bragança

Braima Dabó, da Guiné-Bissau, ganhou hoje o prémio 'fair play' na gala da World Athletics, federação internacional de atletismo, depois de ter ajudado um adversário durante os Mundiais de Doha.

Dabó, que estuda em Bragança e representa o Maia Atlético Clube, ajudou o atleta Jonathan Busby, de Aruba, uma pequena ilha das Caraíbas, a terminar a prova eliminatória dos 5.000 metros.

No Estádio Khalifa, Busby quebrou fisicamente e apresentou mesmo dificuldades para se manter em pé a cerca de 250 metros da meta, uma situação que Dabó não deixou passar em claro, voltando atrás para ‘carregar’ o colega e concluírem a prova ao mesmo tempo.

Apesar de terem sido últimos, com um tempo na casa dos 18 minutos, numa prova ganha pelo etíope Selemon Barega (13.24,69 minutos), os dois atletas receberam uma enorme ovação do público presente nas bancadas.

Na gala da World Athletics, no Mónaco, o queniano Eliud Kipchoge foi eleito o atleta masculino pelo segundo ano consecutivo, depois de vencer a Maratona de Londres, com a terceira melhor marca da história, conseguindo depois baixar das duas horas, numa iniciativa privada, que não conta como recorde.

A norte-americana Dalilah Muhammad foi escolhida como atleta feminina num ano em que bateu por duas vezes o recorde do mundo dos 400 metros barreiras, a última das quais na final dos Mundiais.

Foto: World Athletics

Fair Play Award - Braima Suncar Dabo

Dabo, a distance runner from Guinea-Bissau, made headlines around the world after he helped fellow runner, Jonathan Busby of Aruba, to the finish line during their opening round heat of the 5000m at the World Championships. Busby was near collapse with about 200 metres left in the race, when Dabo stopped to help his distressed fellow competitor. 


Status Update since our November Forecast

Guinea-Bissau On 4 November, the Security Council adopted a presidential statement expressing full support for the communiqués issued by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the AU following President José Mário Vaz’s dismissal of the government of Prime Minister...

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