The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has warned Nigerians to brace up for more hot days, warm night and heat waves across the country. In a statement by the Head of Public Relations Unit, Eva Azinge, the agency noted that with the long residence of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the current warming would continue beyond 2100 even when the emission of greenhouse gases is reduced.
NIMET therefore urged Nigerians to prepare for a future with more hot days, warm nights and heat waves because of past and present emissions, which will require smart adaptation strategies and engaging in climate resilient practices to cope with the damage that has been done. In its 2016 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP), NIMET had earlier revealed that the country would experience late on-set, early cessation and lower-than-normal rainfall.
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The agency in its SRP outlook presented risk factor for farmers in the affected areas, and therefore urged all concerns to develop strategies to scientifically manage it. On the other hand, the United Nations has called for a stronger response by governments, aid organisations and the private sector to address the devastating impact the El Niño climate event is having on the food security, livelihoods, nutrition and health of millions of people around the world.
The appeal came at a meeting organised in Rome by four United Nations (UN) agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the World Food Program (WFP).
Participants, including representatives from governments, non-governmental organisations and other UN agencies, took stock of the growing impacts of the current El Niño, which is considered as one of the strongest in history. They noted that more than $2.4 billion (N480 billion) is needed for the current El Niño emergency and recovery-responses and currently there is a $1.5 billion (N300 billion) gap in funding. According to a joint statement released by the FAO, El Niño-related impacts have been felt across the globe since mid 2015.
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