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Scientific Report Records 2014 as Hottest Year Since 1880

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??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said on Tuesday that research conducted by two U.S. agencies had recored 2014 as the hottest year since 1880.

The NEMA Director-General, Alhaji Muhammad Sani-Sidi, made this known on Tuesday in Abuja during a stakeholders platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The two-day stakeholders platform was organised by NEMA in preparation for the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction scheduled to hold in March at Sendai, Japan.

Sani-Sidi, who was represented by Alhassan Nuhu, NEMA’s Director, Risk Reduction, identified the agencies as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

NASA is the agency responsible for the civilian space programme as well as aeronautics aerospace research the NOAA is a federal agency focusing on the condition of the oceans and the atmosphere.

Sani-Sidi said that the report released by these agencies revealed that the world was getting hotter due to climate change.

He quoted the report as saying that “temperatures have consistently been recorded since 1880, providing well over a century of data.

“The reports revealed that on the average, 2014 turned out to beat the average temperature of any other year since 1880 — 0.69 degree Celsius (about 1.24 farenheit)

“As a nation, we need to brace up and scale up on our preparedness in reducing vulnerability and the underlying risk factors in our communities.

Sani-Sidi said that NEMA was working with the relevant stakeholders to ensure that individuals and the nation as a whole, build resilience to disaster risk reduction.

In a goodwill message, Joseph Alozie, the General Manager, Climate Services, Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET), noted that people’s attitude had aggravated environmental challenges.

“In recent years, we have challenges with heat and cold, due to very high and low temperatures.’’

According to him, in 2014, a town in Kano State recorded the lowest temperature as low as 4.9 degree Celsius, which he described as an unusual one.

Alozie noted that the key to disaster risk reduction was early warning, adding that NIMET had been doing a lot of early warning through the production of several products, the key of which is the Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP).

“It is good to know that in the SRP, the information is given as to when a disaster will occur and when it would occur.’’
He promised that NIMET would continue to collaborate with NEMA.

In another remark, Moses Beckley, the Acting Director-General, National Hydrological Services Agency (NHSA) said that overcrowding, poverty, unemployment and inadequate infrastructures and services further weaken urban resilience during natural disaster.

He, however, advised that it was necessary for people to be conscious of their activities, stressing that “whatever we do will always have adverse effects on the climate.’’

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

1 Comment

  1. papermoon

    February 4, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    “Alozie noted that the key to disaster risk reduction was early warning, adding that NIMET had been doing a lot of early warning through the production of several products, the key of which is the Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP)” really thats the solution!!!!!

    We need to plant more trees in our homes and offices to protect the environment and pay particular attention to some chemicals that aggravate it….. Now a days all we boast about are building architectural master pieces, paved walkways with no shade and cemented homes……. which have taken the place of trees and provide no oxygen. we must build………. we must also plan on replacing the trees we cut someway somehow…….. and reduce the use of some harmful chemicals to protect the environment. one thing we all can do, is to plant TREES.

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