Opinion: Kampala Gets Warmer By Day

By Christopher Kiiza

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says the world is headed for painful problems sooner than expected as emissions keep rising.

The Rapid increase in temperatures makes people in Kampala less productive, especially in the afternoon hours. Many are seen in search for chilly shelter by seeking hospitality under the tree shades at the constitutional square.

Scientific assessments reveal that global warming is greatly as a result of heavy industrialization in developed countries since they heavily emit carbon in the atmosphere.

Developed countries rely on developing countries to combat the impediment due to heavy afforestation and less industrialization in the developing world.

The temperatures of over 25°C each day have made the citizens of Kampala to participate more on looking for chilly shelter than work.

Many raise questions on whether the government should reserve resting places, especially in cities but this looks like it can barely produce results since the economy is driven under capitalism model of production.

The impacts and costs of 2.7°F (1.5°C) of global warming will be greater than expected according to a comprehensive assessment by IPCC.


The past decade has seen an astonishing run of record breaking storms, forest fires, droughts, coral bleaching, heat waves and floods not only in Uganda but world over with just 1.8°F (1.0°C) of global warming.

Uganda experiences challenging impacts on ecosystems, human health and well-being. Such impacts include stronger storms such as the infamous Bududa tsunami, more erratic weather, dangerous heat waves, rising seas and large scale disruption to infrastructure and migration patterns.

Under the 2015 Paris climate Acode (PAA), every country on earth agreed to keep global temperatures well below 3.6°F (2°C).

Despite the above agreement, the Trump administration in 2018 pulled the United States out of the agreement.

Uganda is likely to experience harsher climatic conditions due to oil mining in the Albertine Graben, rapid increase in the importation of old cars, heavy and illegal lumbering in forest reserves among others.

The categoric, but unanswered question is how countries will keep their economies stable and growing without jeopardizing climate.



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