The Heat Is Online

Global Warming Seen Increasing Kenyan Droughts, Floods

Disasters Blamed On Global Warming

The East African Standard (Nairobi), June 7, 2003

Global warming has precipitated the frequency and severity of droughts and floods, the Executive Director of Network Africa, Ms. Grace Akumu said yesterday.

Akumu said climate change is causing weather variability and displaced weather patterns is going to be witnessed further.

She said what has precipitated this faster pace of climate change is emissions of greenhouse gases- carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxides, and a host of chlorofluorocarbons into the atmosphere.

The director blamed the emission on industrial production and the type of agriculture being practised, deforestation and industrialisation waste.

Akumu said the World Bank in its World Development Report of 2002, estimated that developed nations spent US$1 billion per day in agricultural subsidies alone to keep their farmers happy and to subsequently dump those products.

The government, she said, is facing even more challenges in infrastructure development as its efforts are diminished by the impacts of climate change.