About Knowledge Management For Climate Change

The Kenyan Climate Change Portal is a one stop repository of climate change information in Kenya. It is an initiative of the Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development (LECRD) Project which aims to contribute to Kenya's overall goal in achieving transformative development, accelerating sustainable climate resilient economic growth while slowing down Green House Gas emissions. The portal will help to link climate change actors across various sectors and their initiatives by providing a platform to address issues relating to climate change. This will go a long way in eliminating the information gap amongst various actors in the climate change arena and also show case initiatives by different players.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The climate is the weather conditions in a particular region.
A change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns when that change lasts for an extended period of at least 30 years.
Variations (ups and downs) in climatic conditions on time scales of months, years or less than three decades
Changes in processes, practices, and structures to moderate potential damages or to benefit from opportunities associated with climate change
Any activity that results in reduction of greenhouse gas emission or removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
Climate change is a major focus of the work of Kenya’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MENR). Many other organizations including the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD); the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock Development and Fisheries, Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Transport and The National Treasury among others are working to reduce the negative impact of Climate Change and towards taking advantage of opportunities. Other agencies include but are not limited to the following: The National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA). NEMA is the National Implementing Agency (NIA) for climate change work in Kenya. In 2010, Kenya launched a National Climate Change Response Strategy (NCCRS) In 2013, produced a National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) Between 2013 and 2015 Kenya developed a Climate Change Policy Framework and a Climate Change Bill Kenya is party to the United Nations Framework Convention in Climate Change UNFCCC)
Kenya has set up a Climate Change Resource Centre. It is located at the headquarters of the Kenya Meteorological Department at Dagoretti in Nairobi. This Portal- Kenya Climate Change Portal www.lecrd-km.org contains online information about climate change in Kenya
Climate change begun in the decades after the industrial revolution which started in the 1700s. People started to use machines powered by water, steam and later petroleum products, a form of fossil fuels. Burning of fossil fuels produces carbon dioxide (CO2), one of the main greenhouse gases that cause global warming.
Global warming is the increase of Earth's average surface temperature due to effect of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels or from deforestation, which trap heat that would otherwise escape from Earth. This is a type of greenhouse effect.
The warming of the earth's atmosphere that occurs when the sun's radiation passes through the atmosphere, is absorbed by the earth, and is given off as heat which can be absorbed by atmospheric gases (as carbon dioxide and water vapor)
Rising Seas--- inundation of fresh water marshlands (the everglades), low-lying cities, and islands with seawater. Changes in rainfall patterns --- droughts and fires in some areas, flooding in other areas. See the section above on the recent droughts, for example! Increased likelihood of extreme events--- such as flooding, hurricanes, etc. Melting of the ice caps --- loss of habitat near the poles. Polar bears are now thought to be greatly endangered by the shortening of their feeding season due to dwindling ice packs.  Melting glaciers - significant melting of old glaciers is already observed. Widespread vanishing of animal populations --- following widespread habitat loss. Spread of disease --- migration of diseases such as malaria to new, now warmer, regions. Bleaching of Coral Reefs due to warming seas and acidification due to carbonic acid formation --- One third of coral reefs now appear to have been severely damaged by warming seas. Loss of Plankton due to warming seas --- The enormous (900 mile long) Aleution island ecosystems of orcas (killer whales), sea lions, sea otters, sea urchins, kelp beds, and fish populations, appears to have collapsed due to loss of plankton, leading to loss of sea lions, leading orcas to eat too many sea otters, leading to urchin explosions, leading to loss of kelp beds and their associated fish populations. Source: http://goo.gl/1mu7E8 Kenya has made negligible contributions of greenhouse gases, why does the country have to be involved in mitigation shouldn’t this be the responsibility of the countries that are most responsible for greenhouse gas emissions? It is true that Kenya and many developing countries in Africa and Asia have contributed minimal levels of GHGs. However, to avoid following the same high emitting development pathways that the current industrialized nations followed, Kenya has chosen to follow a low carbon development pathway hence the emphasis use of clean energy, recycling of waste and afforestation.
Plants, oceans, and soils release and absorb large quantities of carbon dioxide as a part of the Earth's natural carbon cycle. These natural emissions and absorptions of carbon dioxide on average balance out over time. However, the carbon dioxide from human activities is not part of this natural balance. According to the United States Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Ice core measurements reveal that carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are higher than they have been for at least 800,000 years (http://www3.epa.gov/climatechange/science/causes.html#GreenhouseRole). The global warming that has been observed in recent decades was caused by elevated levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, due primarily to human activities.
Air pollution is made of various chemicals and particles that contaminate the atmosphere around the earth.
Greenhouse gases refer to gases in the atmosphere that absorb heat radiated from earth. Together, greenhouse gases act like a blanket reducing heat loss, similar to the way the glass of a greenhouse warms the air inside the greenhouse.
The IPCC is a panel made up of global experts. It was set up in 1988 by the World Meteorogical Organisation and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). It is seeks to establish and avail the latest information about climate change. The information is published in the IPPCC periodic assessment reports
Reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible Use public instead of private transport as whenever possible Increase usage of renewable energy Replace incandescent with Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs Use natural light as much as possible Wash clothes with cool water and hang them out to dry Purchase more efficient appliances Plant trees Avoid cutting trees Do not burn organic matter from the farm Unplug electrical appliances when not in use Use every drop of water, avoid wasting water
The National Climate Change Action Plan (NCAAP) and Climate Change Act 2016 recommends that climate change be infused into all levels of the education curriculum. When this recommendation is implemented, it students learn about climate change in schools and colleges.