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FP7-funded Research Project Raises Climate Change Flag for West African Cities

 
FP7-funded Research Project Raises Climate Change Flag for West African Cities

FP7-funded Research Project Raises Climate Change Flag for West African Cities

African and European researchers have studied the possible role of local air pollution in climate change in West Africa (Nature Climate Change 5 812-822 (2015)). “We argue that more attention should be paid to rapidly increasing air pollution over the explosively growing cities of West Africa, as experiences from other regions suggest that this can alter regional climate through the influences of aerosols on clouds and radiation, and will also affect human health and food security,” says the article’s abstract. The DACCIWA project (Dynamics-Aerosol-Chemistry-Cloud Interactions in West Africa) is a network of 16 partners and is coordinated by Prof. Peter Knippertz of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. In an interview published on the HealthCanal website, study co-author, Mat Evans from the University of York, underscores the study’s wider importance. “The environmental degradation maybe local but the implications can be regional and global. One of the potential impacts is population migration. If people have no food because the climate is changing in their region then they will move. There are knock on effects,” Evans is quoted as saying. [Image credit: Flickr, Maya Stone]

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