BIO-FUEL USAGE WORSENS WATER SCARCITY-EXPERT

The Director General of Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET), Sani Mashi said the use of biofuels contribute in no small measure to water scarcity.

The adoption of biofuel is to mitigate climate change but on the flip side it worsens water scarcity. According to Mashi who said this in his address to commemorate the 2020 World Meteorological Day, biofuels which are derived directly from living matter, exacerbate the scarcity of water.

He said, “Some climate change mitigation measures such as the expanded use of biofuels are exacerbating water scarcity. Therefore, climate and water data underpin the management of surface-water supplies and disaster risk reduction.

“These include calculations of the frequency and duration of heavy rainfall, the probable maximum precipitation and flood forecasting.”

Mashi observed that one major impact of climate change was water, either making it too little or sometimes too much for human survival and comfort.

This, he said, posed serious threat to sustainable development and security.

The World Meteorological Day is marked every 23rd March annually. The 2020 theme is “Count Every Drop, Every Drop Counts.

According to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), there is an urgent need to improve forecasting, monitoring and management of water supplies and to tackle the problem of "too much, too little or too polluted water."