Sen Jimoh Ibrahim’s contribution in the just concluded Climate Change Summit (COP,) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) is an undiluted fact from Science, Politics and Economics of Climate_
Ibrahim, the Chairman Committee on Inter-Parliamentary of the 10th Senate and Senator representing Ondo South Senatorial District, Sen. Ibrahim, Ph.D (Contab), OFR, CFR gave the analysis why developed countries like USA, UK China are supposed to compensate African countries with huge capacity on pains caused them by Climate Change.
He showed his substantial idea in Science, Politics, Economics and International Relations as an holder of nine degrees.
As a student of Atmospheric Physics, I was overwhelmed and challenged when the foremost African billionaire and scholar explained how Stratospheric Ozone layer absorbs ultraviolet radiation preventing dangerous UV rays from hitting Earth’s surface and harming living Organisms.
An highly cerebral Nigeria lawmaker popularly called ” Professor ” by the Senate President of the 10th Senate- Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio explained how it occurs.
He said “when fossil fuel that automobiles made by developed countries are using, burned. They release large amounts of Carbondioxide, a green house gas that absorbs some parts of sun radiation from escaping back and thus, heat from the sun comes to earth (all the continents)but it is not allowed to go back due to greenhouse gasses and thus gets the earth warmed and caused others disasters”
On the production side, he used USA as an instance . “USA production growth is in large part of advancement in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, technologies that have created a boom in U.S. Shale oil and natural gas extraction. The controversial method of extraction that creates a host of environmental and health problems including air and water problems globally unknowingly to many people that disaster requires no visa to travel across border”.
The research in Atmospheric Physics established that, Africa is the most vulnerable continent to climate change impact under all climate scenarios above 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Despite having contributed the least to global warming and having the lowest emissions, Africa faces exponential collateral damage, posing systemic risks to its economies, infrastructural investments, water, food systems, public health, agriculture, and livelihoods, thereby threatening to undo its modest developmental gains and slipping it into higher levels of extreme poverty caused by the developed countries.
The factors that contribute to Africa’s vulnerability among others include its debt burden which has been a great hindrance to its growth and development and has deepened poverty level with consequential low living standards.
As at today, one thousand Naira is less than one dollar in Nigeria. This is our present reality and it is such a great burden of debt.
Is this how Africans will continue to live vulnerably?
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Sen. Ibrahim CFR as an holder of nine degrees is influencing his generation with his substantial knowledge and using it to unlock the golden door for Africa.