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Negative Effects of Gas Flaring: The Nigerian Experience

Anslem O. Ajugwo
Department of Haematology and Blood Transfusion, Madonna University Elele, Nigeria
Journal of Environment Pollution and Human Health. 2013, 1(1), 6-8. DOI: 10.12691/jephh-1-1-2
Published online: August 25, 2017


Gas flaring have been condemned severally in different countries of the world. Though the practice is still obtainable in some countries with many calling for a stop. The environmental and health implications were examined with Nigeria as a case study. Data and information were retrieved from pubmed, medline and other search engines. All available data/information depict the negative effects of gas flaring on the environment and humans. Gas flaring have impoverished the communities where it is practiced, with attendant environmental, economic and health challenges. Reluctance on the part of government and policy makers is also a factor. These difficulties faced by local communities from gas flares are a sufficient justification for ending gas flaring practice. Fines by defaulting companies should be so exorbitant so as to deter them while the gas can be processed and produced into cooking/domestic gas. The time to stop is now and the place to stop is here: Nigeria.


environment, natural gas, climate change, hematological, pollution, carcinogens, Nigeria
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