Reading, thinking and writing about the environment is terrifying business. Not a day goes by without another horror story – an oil spill, a disappearing species, shrinking rainforests and melting glaciers. It’s enough to make you want to throw in the towel and let someone else worry about the mess.
But that’s not an [...]
With no action beyond what we are already taking, the 2007 Fourth Assessment Report by climate scientists on the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projects the planet will warm by between 1.1C and 6.4C over the next 100 years.
That doesn’t sound much, but as well as warmer days and nights, rising sea [...]
Only about 7% of South Africa has a mean annual precipitation or MAP exceeding 800 mm. When the statistics are reviewed they indicate that KwaZulu-Natal is the wettest province, while the Western Cape has the highest variability of MAP within any of the provinces, and the highest individual point rainfall at an estimate of 3345 [...]
While a third of respondents to a recent global survey said they were very concerned about climate change, with 9 percent admitting that they weren’t.
“The issue of climate change has continued its rough ride,” said Steve Garton of market research firm Synovate which, along with German media company Deutsche Welle, conducted the poll in 18 [...]