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Climate change and variability in Ghana: Stocktaking

Asante, Felix A. and Amuakwa-Mensah, Franklin (2015). Climate change and variability in Ghana: Stocktaking. Climate. 3:1, 78-99
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/cli3010078

Abstract

This paper provides a holistic literature review of climate change and variability in Ghana by examining the impact and projections of climate change and variability in various sectors (agricultural, health and energy) and its implication on ecology, land use, poverty and welfare. The findings suggest that there is a projected high temperature and low rainfall in the years 2020, 2050 and 2080, and desertification is estimated to be proceeding at a rate of 20,000 hectares per annum. Sea-surface temperatures will increase in Ghana’s waters and this will have drastic effects on fishery. There will be a reduction in the suitability of weather within the current cocoa-growing areas in Ghana by 2050 and an increase evapotranspiration of the cocoa trees. Furthermore, rice and rooted crops (especially cassava) production are expected to be low. Hydropower generation is also at risk and there will be an increase in the incidence rate of measles, diarrheal cases, guinea worm infestation, malaria, cholera, cerebro-spinal meningitis and other water related diseases due to the current climate projections and variability. These negative impacts of climate change and variability worsens the plight of the poor, who are mostly women and children.

Authors/Creators:Asante, Felix A. and Amuakwa-Mensah, Franklin
Title:Climate change and variability in Ghana: Stocktaking
Series/Journal:Climate (2225-1154)
Year of publishing :2015
Volume:3
Number:1
Page range:78-99
Number of Pages:22
Publisher:MDPI AG
ISSN:2225-1154
Language:English
Publication Type:Article Review/Survey
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:P Natural resources > P01 Nature conservation and land resources
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Economics
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Climate Research
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Environmental Sciences (social aspects to be 507)
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Agricultural Science
Agrovoc terms:climate change, agriculture, energy, greenhouse gases, poverty, ghana
Keywords:climate change and variability, agriculture, energy, greenhouse gases, health, poverty, Ghana
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2898
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2898
ID Code:12445
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:03 Sep 2015 11:23
Metadata Last Modified:03 Sep 2015 11:23

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