cop16 summit.jpgScientists attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico have revealed that there is scientific evidence that there are serious threats of climate change to health.

Recent research by scientists say, there is scientific evidence that the effects of this weather phenomenon affect human life and the welfare of people, making it clear that there is a negative relationship between climate change and health.

Following the release of such information in one of the sessions at the climate change conference, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is proposing a basic package of public health interventions to be incorporated in all these adaptation funds to be made available to countries.

WHO International Director of the Department of Public Health and Environment, Maria Neira, said in terms of awareness, the international community must encourage the knowledge of the serious threat of climate change to health, and ensure that health has its rightful place on the agenda.

Environment and Natural Resources Minister, Cde Francis Nhema said Africa group is insisting that some agreement be reached in Cancun in terms of funding because business as usual by annex 1 countries and failure to reduce emission will see temperatures rising to 2 degrees Celsius and above.

Scientists have already warned that temperature warming of 2 degrees Celsius and above will in the next 10 years result in more floods; droughts and increase in malaria in Africa and subsequent drowning of small islands as sea level continue to rise.

In Light of the above, Minister Nhema said in Zimbabwe, the increasing global temperatures are associated with undesirable climate change impacts such the resurgence of malaria in areas that did not experience malaria before, loss of biodiversity and shifting of existing agricultural zones.

Scientists have also said due to temperature rise, Southern Africa will experience problems with availability of water as rivers dry, rainfall become unpredictable and unreliable and underground water table going further down.

According to Minister Nhema, if something is not done immediately, climate change will continue to have an adverse effect on agriculture especially the maize and rice crop which are the backbone of most African nations as they support people’s livelihood.

Meanwhile, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, who officially opened the high level segment expressed concern at the lack of adequate progress after many years of negotiations. He stated that while a final resolution on all issues is not essential in Cancun, there should be progress at all fronts.

Given slow progress on many issues expected to be among the key Cancun outcomes, concerns are beginning to surface about whether and how all the necessary elements of the overall package will fall into place.

 

In view of this Non governmental Organizations have started demonstrating in the corridors and outside the venue calling for emission reduction by Annex 1 countries and a limit to global temperature rise to 1,5 degrees Celsius as well as the acknowledgment of historical responsibility by the industrialized nations. Some demonstrators are calling for the planting of more trees, as a mitigation measure. Of interest was one banner written I quote “Just talking does not stop floods, droughts, glaciers from melting and the rainforests from disappearing.- Stop talking and Start planting.”