General News of Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Ghanaian-based Non-governmental organisation, Centre for Climate Change & Food Security is urging the government and civil society groups to consider the formation of united fronts and coalitions to fight the effects of climate change which is currently being felt in the country.
Director of Research at the centre, Sulemana Issifu says the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report of 1.5°C on life is striking and therefore needs quick response from all stakeholders.
“We are urging for the formation of global coalitions and united fronts to fight climate change in the country,” he said.
The IPCC special report talks about the impacts of global warming of
1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.
It says that, human activities are estimated to have caused approximately 1.0°C of global warming above pre-industrial levels, with a likely range of 0.8°C to 1.2°C adding, global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to increase at the current rate.
The centre has also analysed the IPCC’s special report making reference to Ghana and how the impacts would be felt.
Below is the analysis and assessment carried out by researchers at the centre.
CCCFS’ ANALYSIS ON IPCC’S SPECIAL REPORT ON IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE OF 1.5°C ON LIFE
October, 9, 2018 – Researchers at Centre for Climate Change & Food Security (CCCFS), have gone through the new IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C which says, the world must reset its goal to limit global warming to 1.5°C from 2.0°C.
We at CCCFS would like to commend scientists at IPCC for providing such an important information to the world, and we think the world must begin to act, and act quickly.
The report gives a clear warning that the impacts of global warming at 1.5°C is far greater compared to earlier predictions.
For a developing country like Ghana, the impacts at 2°C will be debilitating and dangerous especially for those in the three regions of the north and poor people across the country.
CCCFS has taken its time to analyse the report and narrow it down to how the impact will affect Ghanaians.
We are also suggesting a formation of global coalitions and united fronts to fight climate change in the country.
At our current state of weather condition, Ghana is struggling to adapt to changes in the weather patterns and it is therefore clear that, the situation at 1.5°C will be catastrophic.