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Nigeria: Confronting Climate Change in Lagos

No doubt, temperature is rising due to man-made, anthropogenic reasons that have resulted in greenhouse gas concentration which is the bane of the increased ocean warming, continental average temperatures, temperature extremes and wind patterns.

Imagine what will happen to Lagos which is a coastal society. More than half of the population live and work in the coastal region and of high economic, social and environmental value to the nation. Nearly all the choicest residential properties in Lagos are located within 110 metres of soft, erodible shorelines. Exposure will increase as the population of Lagos grows.\

The impacts of sea level rise will be experienced mainly through its effects on extreme sea level events such as high tides and storm surges. Rising sea levels will increase the frequency or likelihood of extreme sea level events and resultant flooding. The risks to the sea level rise are not confined to the coast itself. In many cases, flooding may impact areas some distance from the sea for example along estuaries, rivers, lakes and lagoons.

Nick M

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