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17 Oct 2022 | Nigeria

Devastating floods in Nigeria claim over 600 lives

The BBC reports today that “Recent flooding in Nigeria has become an “overwhelming” disaster, and many states were not properly prepared for them despite warnings.”

Intense floods like those inundating Nigeria in recent weeks are expected to become more frequent as the globe continues to warm under a thickening blanket of greenhouse gases.

The Arctic is warming four times faster than the globe, which is melting ice and snow at a rate never-before seen. This loss of white, reflective surfaces means more of the sun’s energy is absorbed, which exacerbates global warming, and in turn increases evaporation from warmer oceans and land into a warmer atmosphere.

That extra moisture is fuelling all storms, including those in Nigeria, making devastating floods more likely.

Flooding in 27 of Nigeria’s 36 states has claimed over 600 lives in “the worst flooding the West African nation has seen in a decade. Some 1.3 million people have been displaced, and more than 200,000 homes have been destroyed.”

This “worse than usual” seasonal flooding has resulted in evacuations, damaged farmland and worries about increased spread of disease and disruption to food supplies.

This disaster comes amidst record inflation levels and an inability for many people to relocate from high risk areas.

For more information on this story visit the BBC.

Explore the Global Risks from Arctic change HERE.

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ARCTIC RISK INDICATORS

The following gauges show up-to-date data regarding key indicators in the Arctic. These indicators clearly point to the crisis at hand.

The Arctic (80°N+) Surface Temperature
12 % days
in 2022 are above 90th percentile of 1981-2010
39 days
in 2022 are above 90th percentile of 1981-2010
Worldwide number of disasters
334 disasters
more events in 2021 in comparison to 1970s
252 disasters
more events in 2021 in comparison to 1980s
169 disasters
more events in 2021 in comparison to 1990s
Arctic Sea Ice Extent
1.9 Million km²
below 1981-2010 average on 24-Oct-2022
0.72 Million mi²
below 1981-2010 average on 24-Oct-2022
Arctic Wildfire emissions
12.32 megatonnes CO₂e
CO₂e emissions in 2022 so far
Greenland rate of ice loss
4.5 hundred thousands l/s
on average in 1986-2015
4.5 tons per second
on average in 1986-2015
Arctic Air Quality (PM2.5)
1.49 microgram per cubic meter
on 26-Nov-2022