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World leaders that gathered in Glasgow, Scotland, for the United Nations Climate Change Conference must urgently transform rhetoric into action if the world is to avoid plunging into a serious catastrophe due to climate change at a time water tables have gone further down, Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu has said.
He said this on Wednesday during a side event at the ongoing COP26 in Glasgow. In a presentation titled, “Enhancing capacity of landlocked developing countries to address climate change and water-related challenges during Covid-19 era: Experiences and solutions”, Minister Ndlovu said it was important for world leaders, especially from developed countries, to honour their pledges to mitigate the impact of climate change mainly in developing countries.
“It is very clear that the effects of climate change are disproportionately borne by those who least contributed to it, the developing countries particularly the African countries,” he said. “The situation is far worse for land locked countries like Zimbabwe.
“Zimbabwe has in the last three to four decades experienced increases in temperatures, extreme weather events and changes in the weather patterns. The frequency and magnitude of droughts, floods, heatwaves and erratic rainfall patterns has noticeably increased.”
Minister Ndlovu said Cyclone Idai remained fresh in citizens’ minds after it affected about 270 000 people with over 340 lives lost.
He said humanity was increasingly confronting such weather vagaries and “this will intensify if the rhetoric that we have been hearing from world leaders at this COP26 and in many other platforms is not translated to urgent action”.
The agriculture sector in Zimbabwe, said Minister Ndlovu, provides a major source of livelihood for over 70 percent of the population, but the sector was largely rainfall dependent.
He said the high temperatures and precipitation irregularities caused by climate change were causing arid environments and increased water scarcity that makes it difficult for predictable agriculture. *Herald*
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