Conceptualizing the relationship between Climate Change and Human Health in Nigeria

Rasak, Bamidele (2013) Conceptualizing the relationship between Climate Change and Human Health in Nigeria. In: Panoply of Readings in Social Sciences; Lesson for and from Nigeria. Department of Sociology, College of Development Studies. Covenant University, Canaan Land, Ota., Covenant University Otta, Nigeria, pp. 249-266. ISBN 978-978-49326-8-4


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ABSTRACT The climate is changing, the effects are already being felt, and human activities are a principal cause. While the reality of climate change can no longer be doubted, the magnitude of consequences and most especially for health can still be reduced. Consideration of the impact of climate change can help political leaders move with appropriate urgency. Climate change endangers human health, affecting all sectors of society, both domestically and globally; study has shown, that diseases do not respect international boundaries. Impacts in one location, such as infectious diseases, epidemics or population displacements caused by droughts or rising sea levels, quickly spread across national borders. If the current climate change and warming trends remain uncontrolled, humanity will face more injury, disease and death related to natural disasters and heat waves; higher rates of food-borne, water-borne and vector-borne illnesses; and death that is more premature and disease related to air pollution. Moreover, in many parts of the world, large populations will be displaced by rising sea level, and many others will be affected by drought and famine. As glaciers melt, the hydrological cycle shifts and the productivity of arable land will change. Prevention is the absolute best policy. Therefore, this study tends to conceptualize the relationship between climate change and human health in Nigeria. This study is guided by the Anthropogenic Global Warning (AGW) Theory and the Human Forcing Theory of Climate Change. Key words: Climate Change, Global Warming, Ultra Violet (UV) Radiation, Human Healthand Greenhouse Gases.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Dr. Bamidele Rasak
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2018 19:28
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2018 19:28

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