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Below are comparative carbon emission figures for some African and other countries. The figures are tonnes of CO2 per head of population per annum.
Tanzania: 0.11, - Kenya 0.28 - Ghana 0.31 - Nigeria 0.78 - India 1.17, - Italy 8.4
UK: 9.2 - Germany 10.75 Ireland:10.89 - Saudi Arabia: 10.96 - Canada 17.86
Australia 18.17 - USA: 19.66. For more information see www.breathingearth.net
- Africa is, on average, 0.5 degrees C warmer than it was a century ago. But the latest research suggests that some places are more than 3 degrees C warmer than just 20 years ago.
- Rising temperatures mean shorter growing seasons, lower yields and also the spread of diseases such as Malaria and other climate-related health risks. Extreme weather events i.e. storms, flash floods and droughts are more likely.
- Desertification and water shortages and consequent migration will further increase conflict and political instability exacerbating existing challenges such as endemic poverty, governance and institutional deficiencies, ethnic and political divisions. Back to climate change