Climate Change and the Housing Environment in Ghana

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Abstract

The impact of climate change as a developmental issue in Ghana is receiving considerable attention due to the difficulties most inhabitants are facing. The situation has been further compounded by the periodic flooding of Accra and other parts of the country, resulting in loss of life and property. This chapter examines the impact of climate change on the housing environment in Ghana. It reviews temperature, humidity and rainfall figures of Accra and Kumasi, the two major cities in Ghana, over a period of 10 years, in a bid to establish the changes that have taken place, and subsequently link these with the changes in the housing environment in the two cities. The chapter also provides some lessons and recommendations for consideration by policy makers and planners in a bid to avert future difficulties within the built environments in Ghana, which have been brought about by changes in climate.

Keywords

Housing Stock Anthropogenic Heat Housing Environment Urban Warming Ghana Statistical 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and TechnologyKumasiGhana
  2. 2.Department of PlanningKwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)KumasiGhana

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