Climate Change Effects on Environmental Flora in the Nigerian Terrain: Health Implications on Mankind
Uwa Clementina Ukamaka1, Nwafor J. C2
1Dr. (Mrs) Uwa Clementina Ukamaka, is a Lecturer with Federal University of Nigeria Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State.
2Nwafor J. C, is a Professor with the Centre for Environmental Management and Control, Enugu Campus.
Manuscript received on June 19, 2015. | Revised Manuscript received on June 29, 2015. | Manuscript published on July 05, 2015. | PP: 110-114 | Volume-5 Issue-3, July 2015. | Retrieval Number: B2566055215/2015©BEIESP
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Abstract: Environmental conditions play a key role in defining the function and distribution of flora, in combination with other factors. Changes in long term environmental conditions that can be collectively coined climate change are known to have had enormous impacts on flora diversity pattern in the past and are seen as having significant current impacts. Researchers predict that climate change will remain one of the biodiversity patterns in the future. Adopting the survey method of research, this study investigates the importance of Juglans regia (walnuts) commonly known as walnut, in the areas of food and medicine in Nigeria. Some factors that are responsible for biodiversity depletion in environmental flora forms a major focus of this work. The concept of ecosystem or biosphere as a circle of life receives highlight. This work also details the purposes, significance, educational implication as well as policy implication of the concept of biodiversity loss.
Keywords: Climate change, environmental flora, biodiversity, ecosystem and Juglans regia.