The Stream, August 4, 2021: Experts Say Rising Sea Levels and Flooding Could Make Lagos Uninhabitable


  • Nigeria is facing a cholera outbreak in a region whose health systems are least equipped to handle it.
  • Lagos, Nigeria, could be uninhabitable by the end of the century as flooding events worsen and sea levels continue to rise.
  • British Columbia, Canada is forcing most groundwater users to apply for a license and pay fees to continue using their water.
  • Officials in North Dakota are promoting a decades-long project to pipe Missouri River water to drought-affected areas.

Experts say Iran’s water crisis will only worsen if the country continues to rely on hydropower generation.

“Climate change and drought is a catalyst here. But the problem is rooted in decades of bad management, poor environmental governance and lack of foresight, and not getting prepared for a situation like this.” – Kaveh Madani, former deputy head of the Iranian Environment Department. The Iranian Meteorological Organisation warned of “unprecedented drought” earlier this year, BBC reports. Since then, water shortages and hydroelectric power cuts have spurred violent protests in many cities. Experts say that Iran’s water crisis is bound to worsen as hotter and drier weather continues to impact hydropower generation. Although climate change has brought the crisis to the forefront, the roots of Iran’s water crisis can be found in long-term issues with water management that have led to one of the worst groundwater depletion rates in the world.


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Rising Sea Levels and Erosion Threaten To Drown Lagos

Lagos, Nigeria, may become uninhabitable by the end of the century as sea levels rise due to climate change, CNN reports. Although the country is used to an annual rainy season between March and November, this month, the country experienced one of its worst floods in recent years. Experts say flooding events are worsening as the nation’s coast continues to erode, putting coastal cities at risk of being totally submerged by 2100.



The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said that 22 of Nigeria’s 36 states have suspected cases of cholera, a waterborne illness that can kill within hours if not treated. Reuters reports that the surge has been focused in north Nigeria, where health systems are the least prepared.


In an effort to manage groundwater resources, officials in British Columbia are mandating groundwater users for agriculture, industry or business to apply for a license and pay fees. But so far, only 4,125 existing water users have applied. The Tyee reports that if that pattern holds and the law is enforced, users without licenses would be barred from using any groundwater. This, experts say, could have major consequences on the economy, food security, and individual water users.


Officials in North Dakota are promoting an idea to pipe water from the Missouri River across the state to central and eastern North Dakota. The Associated Press reports that the proposal is decades in the making, but the billion-dollar project still faces huge funding and legal hurdles before water can be tapped during drought emergencies.

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