Nigeria, Togo, Liberia, 9 other African countries at risk of public safety, health, food security – Report – Independent Observers

Nigeria, Togo, Liberia, 9 other African countries at risk of public safety, health, food security – Report

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By Andy Chukwu

Nigerians have been listed as part of the 1.05 billion people globally, who are at the risk of suffering from public safety, health, safe medicine, and food supply, due to lack of access to cooling.

The other 11 affected African countries are Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, South Sudan, and Togo.

 The report released by the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) on climate change titled: Chilling Prospects: Tracking Sustainable Cooling For All 2019, released in Rome, Italy, focused on the growing cooling access challenge, described as a spike in global energy demand, and profound climate.

Highlights of the report revealed that in 52 high-risk countries, 365 million people in rural areas and 680 million people in urban slums are at risk due to lack of access to safe food and medicines in poor rural areas and little or no cooling to protect poor urban slums in a heatwave.

It stated that 2.2 billion people in the lower-middle class in developing countries, who are only able to afford cheaper, less efficient air conditioners that could create a spike in energy demand and rise in emissions are at risk.

“This is a particular challenge for Africa, with significant populations across 12 African countries identified are at highest risk. African countries listed have more than 60 per cent of their population at risk.

The report also finds that the growth rate of these high-risk countries is significantly greater than the rate of population growth.

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