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2024 Projected to Be Hotter Than Previous Years, Environmentalist Chris Gordon Cautions

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Ghana is set to experience higher temperatures in 2024 compared to previous years, according to Professor Chris Gordon, the Founding Director of the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies at the University of Ghana.

In an interview with Citi News on April 8, 2024, Professor Gordon highlighted the urgent need for action to address the effects of climate change in the country.

Professor Gordon emphasized the need for immediate measures to mitigate the impact of rising temperatures.

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He referenced a significant event in January 2021 when Accra experienced a scorching temperature of 39.5 degrees Celsius, well above the usual average.

This extreme spike in temperature raises serious concerns, especially for residents of informal settlements who face challenges such as substandard housing and inadequate ventilation.

The professor noted structural deficiencies in building design, including inadequate spacing between structures and a lack of proper ventilation, which leave residents vulnerable to climatic pressures.

He also highlighted the disparity between different housing tiers, noting that occupants of air-conditioned residences face fewer hardships compared to those living in informal settlements.

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According to Professor Gordon, Ghana is experiencing increasing episodic events and more unpredictability due to climate change, with rises in temperature posing the most serious consequences.

He emphasized the need for comprehensive action to address the impacts of climate change and ensure the resilience of communities across Ghana.

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