30 March 2010

Nigeria: 75 Million Face Increased Water Stress By 2020

By 2020, climate change is projected to expose an estimated 75 million people in Africa alone to increased water stress.Citizens against Climate Change in Nigerian (CACCIN), in a statement signed its CEO, Olusoji Daomi, said towards the end of the 21st century; a projected sea-level rise will affect low-lying, heavily populated coastal areas like Lagos and other Niger Delta state in Nigeria.

"Adaptation costs could amount to at least 5-10 per cent of GDP. New studies confirm that Africa is particularly vulnerable to climate variability and change due to its multiple stresses and low adaptive capacity.

"The droughts that decimate a village's food and water supply create aching hunger, to be sure - but hunger alone is just one facet of this terrible story. A hungry family may not be able to send their children to school or afford health care. Hunger may drive families out of their homes, creating an environment that fosters crime.

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