A new study published in the Nature journal indicates that Kenya is among the tropical countries which will suffer adversely as world temperatures rise unless greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change are reduced.
According to the study, Kenya's weather patterns will change in the next 20 years with temperatures in Nairobi reaching dangerously high levels in 2036 threatening life as we know it. Mombasa temperatures will continue to rise and reach a tipping point before 2030 after which they become uninhabitable due to extreme heat.
There is an urgent need for Kenya and other countries in the tropics which will be adversely affect, to increase pressure on the US, China, Japan, Brazil, the EU, India and Russia which are some of the biggest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions to immediately institute measures these emissions.
The government should fast-track its re-afforestion programme and go flat out in increasing the forest cover and other measures aimed at mitigating the effects of greenhouse gas emission.
Dismissing this as yet another doomsday scenario will be foolhardy. As the old adage says, its better to be safe than sorry. Lets take measures to avert what is likely to be a catastrophe.