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WMO report highlights rapid climate breakdown

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In a report that reveals the past eight years were the hottest ever recorded on Earth, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)  says record levels of greenhouse gases have caused “planetary scale changes on land, in the ocean and in the atmosphere”.

The WMO said on Friday in its State of Global Climate 2022 report that global sea levels are rising at more than double the pace they did in the first decade of measurements from 1993 to 2002 and touched a new record high last year.

The organization stated in a report outlining the damage caused by climate change that extreme glacier melt and record ocean heat levels, which cause water to expand, contributed to an average rise in sea levels of 4.62mm a year from 2013 to 2022.

“Melting of glaciers and sea level rise – which again reached record levels in 2022 – will continue to up to thousands of years,” the report said. “Antarctic sea ice fell to its lowest extent on record and the melting of some European glaciers was, literally, off the charts.”

“This report shows that, once again, greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere continue to reach record levels – contributing to the warming of the land and ocean, melting of ice sheets and glaciers, rising sea levels, and warming and acidifying of oceans,” WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas wrote in the report’s foreword.

Overall, the UN agency said, 2022 ranked as the fifth or sixth warmest year on record with the mean global temperature 1.15 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average despite the cooling impact of a three-year La Niña climate event in the Pacific Ocean.

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NiMet forecasts 3-day sunshine, haziness from Monday

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NiMet forecasts 3-day sunshine, haziness from Monday

NiMet forecasts 3-day sunshine, haziness from Monday

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted sunshine and haziness from Monday to Wednesday across the country.

NiMet’s weather outlook released on Sunday in Abuja forecasts sunny and hazy conditions on Monday over parts of Yobe, Jigawa, Kano and Katsina states throughout the forecast period with chances of morning thunderstorms over parts of Taraba state.

“However, localised thunderstorms are expected over parts of Kaduna, Bauchi, Zamfara, Kebbi and Taraba states.

“Cloud patches with sunshine intervals are expected over the North Central region with chances of localised thunderstorms over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Kwara, Benue and Kogi states during the morning hours.

“In the afternoon/evening period, localised thunderstorms are anticipated over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue, Kogi, Kwara and Niger states,” it said.

The agency envisaged cloudy skies with intervals of sunshine over the Inland states of the South and the Coast.

It anticipated chances of localised thunderstorms over parts of Ogun, Oyo, Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Cross River and Akwa Ibom states during the morning hours.

NiMet predicted localised thunderstorms over parts of Imo, Abia, Ondo, Osun, Ekiti, Oyo, Rivers, Edo, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Bayelsa, Rivers and Delta states later in the day.

According to him, sunny skies with few patches of cloud are anticipated over the northern region during the morning hours on Tuesday.

“Later in the day, localised thunderstorms are expected over parts of Kaduna, Taraba, Zamfara and Kebbi states. The North Central region is expected to be cloudy with sunshine intervals.

“Also, with chances of localised thunderstorms over parts of Kogi, Nasarawa, Benue and the Federal Capital Territory during the morning hours,” it said.

NiMet predicted localised thunderstorms over parts of Kogi, Plateau, the Federal Capital Territory, Niger, Kwara, Benue and Nasarawa states later in the day.

It anticipated cloudy skies with intervals of sunshine over the Inland of the South and the Coast with chances of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Enugu, Imo, Anambra, Ebonyi, Rivers, Cross River and Akwa Ibom states in the morning hours.

It forecast localised thunderstorms over parts of Imo, Abia, Enugu, Anambra, Edo, Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ekiti, Delta, Rivers, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Lagos

states.

The agency envisaged a sunny atmosphere with patches of cloud over the northern region during the morning hours on Wednesday.

“Later in the day, localised thunderstorms are expected over parts of Taraba and Kaduna states. Cloudy skies with intervals of sunshine are expected over the North Central region during the morning hours.

“In the afternoon/evening period, localised thunderstorms are anticipated over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasarawa, Plateau and Niger states. A cloudy atmosphere is expected over the southern region during the morning hours.

“Later in the day, thunderstorms are expected over the entire region,” it said.

NiMet urged the public to take adequate precautions as strong winds might precede the rains in areas where thunderstorms were likely to occur.

The agency advised the Airline operators to get updated weather reports and forecasts from NiMet for effective planning in their operations.

(NAN)

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King Charles Urges Urgent Climate Action at COP28 Conference

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King Charles Urges Urgent Climate Action at COP28 Conference

King Charles Urges Urgent Climate Action at COP28 Conference

King Charles III issued a passionate call for swift and resolute action to safeguard the planet during his address at the COP28 climate conference on Friday.

The British monarch, speaking from Dubai, emphasized the pivotal role of heads of state and government in addressing the global climate crisis and expressed his hope for COP28 to mark a critical turning point towards genuine transformational action.

“The Earth does not belong to us, we belong to the Earth,’’ underscored King Charles on the second day of the event, scheduled to run until December 12. He cautioned against indifference to ecological damage, noting that “records are now being broken so often that we are perhaps becoming immune to what they are really telling us,” referencing data from researchers on increasing temperatures.

“We are carrying out a vast, frightening experiment of changing every ecological condition, all at once, at a pace that far outstrips nature’s ability to cope,’’ he warned.

Acknowledging some progress in climate initiatives, the 75-year-old king expressed concern about losing our way in addressing climate change. He observed, “Some important progress has been made, but it worries me greatly that we have lost our way so terribly.’’

Highlighting the alarming increase in CO2 and methane levels in the atmosphere, King Charles III stressed the potentially devastating consequences for livelihoods worldwide.

The monarch, a longtime advocate for the environment and nature, had previously inaugurated the COP21 in Paris in 2015 while still the heir to the throne. However, in his current role as king, he is bound by strict political neutrality, limiting the pointedness with which he can express his views.

The king’s address comes against the backdrop of recent controversial plans announced by Britain’s Conservative government to significantly expand oil and gas production in the North Sea, a development that King Charles III had to announce a few weeks ago.

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Climate Change: Nigerian govt introduces wood-saving stove to North East

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Climate Change: Nigerian govt introduces wood-saving stove to North East

Climate Change: Nigerian govt introduces wood-saving stove to North East

The Federal Government of Nigeria says using Atmosfair Save80 Clean Cookstoves, a climate-friendly technology, will help to address climate change concerns and reverse environmental deterioration in northeast states.

Dr Salisu Dahiru, Director-General of the National Council on Climate Change (NCCC), stated this on Thursday at a sensitization programme in Maiduguri.

Dahiru stated that the stoves will reduce the need of firewood by 80%.

According to him, one of the biggest reasons of deforestation in Nigeria is the widespread use of firewood, which leads in tree felling, emphasising the importance of involving women in the effort to save Nigeria’s ecology.

“Women, especially those in rural areas, are very critical to achieving success in the climate change campaigns because of their daily duty of using firewood to cook for the family.

“By embracing save80 clean cook stoves, Nigerians can make a significant contribution to achieving its environmental safety goals while also saving money for sustainable living,” the DG said.

Director of Public Sector, Atmosfair Climate and Sustainability Limited, Abdurrahman Sulaiman, said the stainless steel clean stove was designed to use 80 per cent less fuel and produce 80 per cent less pollution than the traditional stoves.

Suleiman said that by 2024, it would go round the states and LGAs to sensitise women to the stoves.

The Chairman, Advisory Board of Atmosfair Climate and Sustainability Ltd, producers of the cookstoves, Amb. Faruk Yabo, said measures was in place to ensure that the stove reached everywhere in Nigeria.

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