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Gas Flaring is hurting the environment.

Gas flaring is something that is genuinely affecting people in a both negative and positive way. If you are trying to grow the economy in your country it's positive. Yet many feel the same way. There are villages in Nigeria where it feels like the sun hasn’t fully set in years. And the people there have gas flaring to compete with. Some 2 million people in the country’s Niger Delta a raging flame at an oil and gas extraction site that can be several stories high and emit so much noise that passers-by must shout to be heard.

Such places affects the environment negatively. It hurts the wild life, and changing the landscape in a negative way. Nosing pollution to air pollution are just so the few negative things affecting the population there.

“For me, gas flaring is a threat to my fundamental right to life because gas flaring hampers my right to a clean environment,” said Faith Nwadishi, The Executive Director of Koyeneum Immalah Foundation in Nigeria. It has been said that as part of a World Bank initiative to end routine flaring about the active flare site in her hometown. “Communities don't know the difference between day and night because they go to bed with active gas flare sights.”

Flaring occurs when crude oil is extracted from underground and natural gas is brought to the surface. Particularly in areas with limited infrastructure, this gas is burned off either at the top of a large stack or from a pit in the ground, often with devastating effects on local communities. In addition to the noise and light, flaring emits Black Cabon, Methane , and volatile organic compounds. Black carbon and methane are both powerful climate forcers and black carbon and VOCs are dangerous air pollutants.


Nigeria is seventh on the list of the world’s top flaring countries, meaning that millions more around the world are subject to similar conditions, with countries like Venezuela, the United States, and Iran having even higher flaring rates, according to World Bank.

“Flaring mitigation is an excellent means of reducing the amount of black carbon emissions, which has a positive impact on climate change and a direct positive impact for people,” says Dave Picard, the President of Clearstone Engineering Ltd. in Calgary, Canada. “Acting on these opportunities can have a big impact on the lives of people living near these facilities.”

Black carbon only remains in the atmosphere for days to weeks which means that, as with all short-lived climate pollutants, reducing it would have immediate benefits.

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Faith Nwadishi Koyeneum Immalah Foundation Niger Delta Nigeria


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