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Impact of Global Climate Change on Nigeria's Evolving Democracy

Imhonopi, , David and Urim, U.M. (2011) Impact of Global Climate Change on Nigeria's Evolving Democracy. Journal of Humanities, Social Sciences and Creative Arts, 6 (1). pp. 110-123. ISSN Print - 2277 - 078X Online - 2315- 747X

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There is now a widespread belief underpinned by growing scientific consensus that one of the biggest challenges facing humankind today is the issue of global warming caused by climate change. Climate change is simply any change in climate over time caused by natural variability or as a result of direct or indirect anthropogenic activity. This study has adopted sociological perspectives bordering on political economy, human ecology and environmental impact approaches to explain how human factors have been chiefly responsible for climate change which has altered the composition of the global atmosphere leading to negative environmental and social consequences. In Nigeria, environmental degradation, ecological crisis, waste management problems, flooding, deforestation, spread of gully and erosion, reduction of food production, local health problems like asthma, cholera, cancer, chronic bronchitis, blood disorders, and other diseases, are highlights of climate change in the country. Even then, the adverse consequences of accentuated climate instability are predicted to increase. Consequently, the question of whether democracy matters for climate change or whether climate change matters for democratic sustainability in Nigeria is the focus of this paper. The study concludes that without addressing the negative impacts of climate change in Nigeria, the democratic stability in the country may be threatened.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2015 13:42
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2015 13:42

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