Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria, has been listed among those “facing significant cooling risks” owing to climate change.
According to a report released by Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), the west African country like the eight others in “significant risks” have big and vulnerable populations which can only survive only on “the ability to escape poverty, to keep our children healthy, vaccines stable, food nutritious, and our economies productive.”
The other countries at significant risks are Bangladesh, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mozambique, Pakistan and Sudan.
SEforAll report further shows that more than one billion people across the world now “face immediate risks from lack of access to cooling.”
It further breaks down the figures, stating that “470 million people in poor rural areas without access to safe food and medicines” while “630 million people in hotter, poor urban slums with little or no cooling to protect them against extreme heatwaves” also face same risks.
“In a world facing continuously rising temperatures, access to cooling is not a luxury – it’s essential for everyday life. It guarantees safe cold supply chains for fresh produce, safe storage of life-saving vaccines, and safe work and housing conditions.
“This Chilling Prospects report is a wake-up call. We must meet these needs in an energy efficient way, and without using ozone damaging substances. If not, the risks to life, health and the planet are significant. But there are equally important business opportunities for those that face up to the challenge and act early,” CEO and Special Representative to the United Nations Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, Rachel Kyte, said.
However “it is also estimated that cooling is now responsible for about 10% of global warming and growing rapidly.”
SEforAll now hopes that “future choices” on cooling will help in achieving the Paris Climate Agreement considering the dangers of climate impacts.
It has recommended that governments, businesses and finance actors provide access to cooling, as it comes with “enormous commercial and economic opportunities, including productivity, employment and growth gains from providing sustainable cooling solutions for all.”
The report also wants all stakeholders to embrace a holistic approach in providing cooling that will ensure a reduction in heat loads.
A recent research has projected that by 2050 demand for cooling appliances will rise to 14 billion leading to huge increase in energy consumption.
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