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WHAT ARE THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON WATER RESOURCES?


A warming climate in Nigeria will have impacts on water quantity across the country. For example, in the North-East region of Nigeria, climate models predict decreases in annual streamflow and lake levels. In some areas, more frequent heavy downpours may cause localized flooding and overwhelm current sewage treatment facilities with increased volumes of stormwater and sewage runoff. Across Nigeria, there is concern that water resources will come under increasing pressure and could become seasonally scarce as a result of regional changes in water supply (from changes to precipitation, snow, and glacier melt), increasing evapotranspiration with warmer temperatures, and increasing demands from a range of activities.

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