Adam Corner

Introducing Hidden Heat

In Climate Change, Uganda on January 7, 2011 at 6:47 pm

The basic question of whether human activities are altering the climate is no longer seriously contended. Left unchecked, climate change will have overwhelmingly negative effects including increased floods, droughts and extreme weather events, lowered productivity from many large areas of existing farmland, migration due to climatic changes and conflict over dwindling resources.

It goes without saying that these effects will be felt the hardest in areas that already experience high levels of environmental stress – and countries that have the least resources to combat them. Uganda – like many other nations in Eastern and Sub Saharan Africa – faces a very real danger from climate change.

But while the effects of  climate change are already visible at the polar ice caps (where levels of summer sea ice are decreasing), climate change is much harder to detect in Uganda.  Certainly, farmers and agricultural workers report hotter, drier, summers and more sudden downpours of rain. Rivers that used to provide vital water have altered their course, and now flow into neighbouring countries instead.  But drought, flooding, and conflict over natural resources are nothing new in Uganda – the effects of climate change blend all too easily into the existing problems that the country faces.

This poses a major challenge for detecting and communicating the risks of climate change in a country where 80% of the population work in the agricultural sector. Climate change is a hidden heat – which makes it all the more dangerous.

Through a series of in-depth interviews with key individuals involved in communicating about climate change, this blog will document Ugandan perspectives on climate change and how to effectively communicate about it.

  1. The ‘Hidden Heat’ blog looks good…I like it! Hope all is good and keep on spreading the word! Cheers, Stephen (from the Venice-Alexandria boat)

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