21 March 2013

Nigeria Among Top Countries Where Climate Change Mortality is Expected to Rise

A report from climate change advocacy group DARA has stated that global climate change and pollution from the use of fossil fuels killed nearly 5 million people around the world in 2010 alone

The report which rated Nigeria as the number three among the 10 countries sampled noted that over 200,000 deaths which occur annually in the country were related to climate change and pollution from the use of fossil fuel.

"It is carbon emissions that are the big killer in Nigeria with approximately 150,000 people dying each year due to indoor smoke ingestion, tuberculosis and lung cancer. the reason for the indoor smoke is partially because of uneven electricity distribution, which forces many Nigerians to heat their homes and cook by burning fuels," the report said.

"What is even more shocking is that by 2030, this figure is expected to rise to nearly 6 million with global costs projected to be more than $4.35 trillion. Of the almost 5 million deaths, 3.5 million occurred mainly in 10 nations, mostly located in developing Africa and Asia.

The report rated China as the country with the highest mortality from climate change and pollution with 1.5 million deaths recorded in 2010, India is second with one million, Pakistan and India is fourth and fifth with 150,000 deaths respectively, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Ethioia and Russia all have 100,000 deaths each while war ravaged Afghanistan have 90,000 deaths.

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