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Climate Change and Variability in Ghana: Stocktaking

Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, University of Ghana, P.O. Box LG74 Legon, Accra, Ghana
Department of Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Box 7013, S-750 07 Uppsala, Sweden
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editor: Nicole Mölders
Climate 2015, 3(1), 78-99;
Received: 18 October 2014 / Accepted: 17 December 2014 / Published: 24 December 2014
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change and variability; agriculture; energy; greenhouse gases; health; poverty; Ghana climate change and variability; agriculture; energy; greenhouse gases; health; poverty; Ghana
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Asante, F.A.; Amuakwa-Mensah, F. Climate Change and Variability in Ghana: Stocktaking. Climate 2015, 3, 78-99.

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