The World Bank reported Cameroon has made a 4% increase in CO2e (Carbon Dioxide Emission)
Heavy Gas Emissions cause Global Warming and Increase in Tamperature
Despite the fact that the World Bank, Climate change bodies and the United States are fighting to reduce the Green House Effect, the level of CO2e in the CEMAC countries is still at the rise, Cameroon contributing 45.4%. The World Bank Data report indicates that Cameroon has increased the level of her emissions to 4% since 2009.
Many experts believe that this rate of increase is due to unorthodox logging. This activity together with fuel search, industrialization and agriculture has caused 13% of the forest to disappear between 1990 and 2005 says The World Conservation Monitoring Center. Although Philippe Ngolle Ngwese, Camerooons Minister of Forestry and wild Life suspended some 27 lawless Logging companies in 2012, it has not stopped the logging companies from cutting down trees uncontrollably.
An environmental activist in Bertoua revealed to us that the real statistics about forest disappearance are yet to be unveiled, he said “ driving from Douala down to Bertoua and to Yokadouma, you can discover that each day yards of forest are been cleared of either by farmers, Government contractors for construction or by private petroleum companies. Driving through this road, I discovered in every one kilometer there was a great amount of forest that had been chopped off by either of the above mentioned people”.
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Environmental experts say that deforestation accounts for as much as 20 percent of the world’s annual greenhouse gas emissions and constitutes the largest source of emissions in the developing world. The United Nations programme aimed at Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries have not succeeded to push to extend to other countries in the CEMAC Zone. In 2013 an initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfill sites in Cameroon by REDD could not be expanded to other Countries in the Central African Region, this due to break down in Finances and delays.
US PRESIDENTIAL CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION PROJECT
According to Climate Change Communication.Org the world needs to stabilize the Atmospheric CO2 the level of CO2e by 400ppm (Parts per Million) and 450ppm respectively by 2050 to keep the climate atmospheric condition of 2°C/3.5°F.
In order to stabilize CO2 concentrations at about 450 ppm by 2050, global emissions would have to decline by about 60% by 2050. Industrialized countries greenhouse gas emissions would have to decline by about 80% by 2050.
This will mean that global economy’s GDP to decline by 3%. Cameroon is at a GDP of 5-6% per Annum and are expecting to take it to 12-18% by 2020, are we sure they can respect this project if the US decides to implement? Can we actually stop climate change and deforestation in this region with high demand of Timber in Europe and in China? Question Posed by the Wink writes to you readers.