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The Impact of Climate Change on Sub-Sahara Africa

Case Studies in Cameroon, Nigeria and Uganda

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Edited By Chukwuemeka Christopher Opara and Bernard Palmer Kfuban Yerima

While global warming and its consequences on humanity are being fiercely debated at the global scale, deliberate and pragmatic reflections on the subject in Sub-Sahara Africa remain muted, though this phenomenon is negatively impacting the livelihoods of her people. The unprecedented degradation of her natural resources, i.e., water, biodiversity, and soils are seen to be intricately linked to her increasing inability to meet the basic needs of her people. This book examines how global climate change impacts on Sub-Sahara Africa, the measures and strategies that would be used in facing it and actions presently implemented in combating it. A pragmatic community/state engagement synergy on climate change mitigation initiatives that rewards best practices is critical to its success. Though investments in research, technical know-how, dedicated commitment and dissemination mechanisms would be inevitable to draw the continent from the precipice, the role of regulatory enforcement mechanisms and a legal framework addressing land use rights permissible within given landscapes is seen to be central to the success of this endeavor.
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Protection of animal species endangered by climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Global warming is the single most urgent threat to the future of wild-life and wild-life habitats in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Of the 28 countries reported worldwide to be exposed to extreme risks of global warming, 22 are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Within this region of Africa, animal species such as the Dama gazelle, Umbrella thorn, Scimitar-horned oryx, Spotted hyena, Cameroon Clawless Otter, Demoiselle crane, Mandrill, Potto, the Gray parrot, Bongo, and Clarke’s Gazelle are currently facing varying degrees of endangerment. The impacts of global warming pose two major problems across the sub-continent: changes in phenology (timing of season elements) and changes in distribution of wildlife. Low availability of forage resulting from drought have led to habitat loss and overcrowding around few lakes, eliminating in the outbreak of diseases terrestrial species like the Grevyzebra. Sharks, Dolphins and Whales are increasingly threatened by climate changes that are altering ocean circulation, sea surface temperatures, and even the chemistry and salinity of the ocean. Preservation of endangered animal species of SSA is important, not only on economic grounds, but also because they offer a vast genetic “library” from which we can withdraw many useful items in the future. A first priority should be a comprehensive compilation of native animal species in SSA countries and documentation of the status of each of them. This should be followed up with practical habitat protection actions. The creation of a professional society dedicated to ecological ethics to help in research and management of biodiversity...

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