Although average global temperatures were temporarily cooled by the 2020-2022 La Niña events, 2021 was still one of the seven warmest years on record, according to six leading international datasets consolidated by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
The officials led by the Minister of State for Water and Environment, Aisha Ssekindi made the call on Monday while appearing before Parliament’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee to discuss the Budget Framework Paper for the financial year 2022/2023.
Ola Hallgren, the Head of Cooperation at the Embassy of Sweden said that the program is aimed at increasing critical needs to address Uganda’s energy needs and services in agriculture and the environment.
According to the 2020 Guidelines for the Management of Landfill in Uganda, the closure of a landfill must be preceded by the preparation of a plan clearly setting out requirements for closure, decommissioning and site rehabilitation. Such requirements include remedial work on drainage, leachate management and cover integrity.
Over 100 national governments, cities, states and major businesses signed the Glasgow Declaration on Zero-Emission Cars and Vans to end the sale of internal combustion engines by 2035 in leading markets worldwide. At least 13 nations also committed to ending the sale of fossil fuel-powered heavy-duty vehicles by 2040.
“We can’t continue to push nature into a corner and expect it to deliver. We want it to sequester carbon, to provide the buffers for the high storms and mangroves and to be the lungs of the world. But when we mess with nature, nature will send us these invoices in the forms of greater intensity storms, more fires, more heatwaves and more droughts”, the Executive Director of UNEP, Inger Andersen said on Saturday
The Adaptation Gap Report 2021: The Gathering Storm calls for ramping up funding and action to address the growing impacts of climate change. The UNEP report was issued as world leaders meet at the COP26 UN climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland, in a collective push to limit global warming, in line with the Paris Agreement.
The commitment comes with a pathway by which the companies involved, included most of the major Western banks, must use science-based guidelines to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, and commit to interim goals towards a 50 per cent reduction by 2030, and even a 25 per cent reduction in the next five years.
Available statistics show that wetland coverage in Uganda has dropped from 37,346.3 Sq. Km in 1994 (15.5 percent) to 21,526.3 Sq.Km which is an 8.9 percent decrease. There is also a projection indicating that if the destruction trends are not checked, Uganda will be left with only 1.6 percent of wetlands cover by 2040.
"AFIEGO is not an NGO. It is a company. But AFIEGO staff do not constitute the non-profit company, a legal entity of its own that can sue and be sued. To be arrested for operating without a permit was therefore irregular," Bariyo says.
"So police is hiding these people from court because the charge against them cannot stand in court," he adds, "But if police thinks it has a good case, it should produce them in court and we defend them."
Speaking at a meeting to mark the International Disaster Risk Reduction day on Wednesday, Prof. Virginia Murray, a scientist based at the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction said they have published the new Hazard Information Profiles to guide countries on decisions relating to different disasters that they are at risk of.
State Minister for Tourism Martin Mugarra Bahinduka says that the high costs of accommodation and transportation to tourism sites have remained some of the major barriers to domestic tourism in Uganda. More than 60 per cent of the tourists at attractions in Uganda are foreigners, yet the same sites remain unaffordable for the Ugandan population.
UN Resident Representative for Uganda, Elsie Attafuah, says that the financing in important to fund climate change mitigation and technology transfer, among others.
British High Commissioner to Uganda warned that the climate incidents in Uganda are evidence that climate change is real and that it is time for the country and Africa as a whole to take this seriously.
“When you talk about EAC at this border, (Nemba Border point in Burundi) you will only be told EAC is in Arusha by Mr. Ngobonziza the border manager. We have faced many challenges but this has to be our biggest one yet,” said John Bosco Balongo, the expedition director
Calls by local and international NGOs on the Uganda and Tanzania governments not to carry on with the projects, and on lenders not to finance the industry, intensified in April following the signing of agreements in Kampala giving a green light to the investors to proceed. The #StopEACOP campaign, an international crusade against Uganda's oil and gas and specifically the EACOP project says the pipeline will emit 34 million tons of carbon per year, equivalent to total emissions by 7.4 million cars.
Human-induced climate change is already affecting many weather and climate extremes in every region across the globe. Scientists are also observing changes across the whole of Earth’s climate system; in the atmosphere, in the oceans, ice floes, and on land.