The School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences (CBAS), has held a Public Engagement on the Sixth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report (AR6) to draw attention to the implications of AR6 to the Ghanaian and West African situation.
The IPCC, the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change, released its sixth assessment report in August 2021.
In her address, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, underscored the negative effects of climate change in the world, especially as captured in the National Climate Change report by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
She reiterated the report’s recommendation for climate change research in Ghana and lauded the work being done by the various climate change units of the University.
The Dean, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Prof. Sandow Mark Yidana, in brief remarks, advocated for stronger collaborations between the government agencies, universities, and research institutes to produce quality research on climate change.
He also called for a national policy to ban the sale of data from government agencies and urged the central government to increase funding for climate change research.
Delivering a lecture on the implications of AR6, Dr. Nana Ama Browne Klutse, Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics, and one of the lead authors of the AR6, assessed climate issues relating to West Africa/Ghana.
She showed how the projected extremes were becoming larger and were in direct relation to global warming.
Dr. Klutse further stressed the importance of undertaking more climate-induced research in Ghana.
A panel discussion led by Prof. Clement Alo, Montclair State University; Dr. Emmanuel Obuobie, Water Research Institute, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and Dr. Daniel Benefor, Principal Programme Officer, EPA, deliberated over the challenges to fighting climate change, funding opportunities, and the policy aspects of climate change from the perspective of the government.
Participants who were physically present and online contributed to the programme during the Question and Answer segment.
The ceremony was well attended by the Provost, CBAS, Prof. Boateng Onwona‐Agyeman, Deans, Directors, and Heads of Department of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, other University officials, students, and the media fraternity.