Mombasa residents warned of a possible islands submerging

 Mombasa residents warned of a possible islands submerging

Residents along the Coastal region have been put on high alert following the possible submerging of major islands due to increased temperatures.

Scientists are urging residents to consider planting mangrove trees as this will temporarily help in countering global warming and climate change.

Scientists attending an International Scientific Conference in Mombasa, revealed that latest research shows that most islands risk going under water in the next 20 to 30 years due to global warming.

According to Professor John Onyari, a scientist who is also a lecturer at the University of Nairobi, a bigger percentage of carbon dioxide which is among the gases greatly contributing to increase in temperatures, is highly consumed by the mangrove trees for photosynthesis purposes.

“When released in the air from motor vehicles, industries and also from humans, Carbon Dioxide blocks the infrared and microwave radiation and bounces back hence increase the heat,” said Onyari.

He added that the high temperature melts up the glaciers and ice in the Northern hemisphere and parts of Australia hence increasing sea level which might end up covering majority of the islands in the Indian Ocean.

The scientists have also said the impact of planting the trees would not only be felt in the environment but would also act as a source of income in the carbon trade which is said to be attracting a lot of investors in various countries.

Many of the organizations in the carbon trade, he says, are paying handsomely depending on the acreage of the mangrove plantation, citing Kwale as a good example where the business is said to be booming.

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