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Firewood Smoke Kills 300,000 Women, Children Yearly — AfDB President 

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Felicia Abisola  Olamiji
Felicia Abisola Olamiji

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The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina said in a meeting on Monday that Africa loses no fewer than 300,000 women and children annually to smoke from the use of firewood.

He said that women were mostly affected in a bid to prepare decent meals for their families while children got involved in trying to help their mothers.

Adesina said that the second most vulnerable region to climate change in the globe is Africa. 

According to him, climate change was killing African economies, noting that the continent loses between seven and 15 billion dollars due to climate change.

He further explained that the amount is expected to rise to 50 billion dollars annually by 2040.

“Africa which accounts for just four percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions is short-changed by climate finance.

“Africa’s financing needs to address climate change ranges between 1.3 trillion dollars to 1.6 trillion dollars in 2020 to 2030.

“Africa is not getting enough resources to tackle climate change. The continent gets only three percent of total global climate finance.

“Climate financing mobilised globally falls short of Africa’s needs by 100 to127 billion dollars per year between 2020 to 2030.

“As per the Paris agreement, African countries are committed to reducing their carbon emissions through energy transitions.

“The AfDB is spearheading investments in renewable energy.

“More than 86 percent of the energy generation investments by the Bank are in renewable energy,’’ he said.

Adesina said the continent would not rely only on renewables; rather, it needed a combination of renewables with natural gas to ensure stability and energy security.

“Natural gas must be part of Africa’s ‘Just Energy’ transition systems.

“It should be noted that even if Africa triples the use of gas for gas-to-power, it will contribute less than 0.67 percent to global carbon emissions.

“So, Just Energy Transition must not shortchange Africa’s growth and development, especially stable energy to power its industrialisation,’’ he said.

 

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Felicia Abisola  Olamiji
Felicia Abisola Olamiji

  A graduate of English Language from Olabisi Onabanjo University, passionate about learning new...

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