Published in The Weekender, 3 Oct 2009
Without global cuts in carbon emissions, Southern Africa could see average temperature increases as high as 10 degrees centigrade as soon as 2060, according to a study released by the UK’s Meteorological Office last week.
The study is a based on a range of models, and predicts an average global temperature increase of four degrees centigrade by 2060. But four degrees is just the global average increase – and while some areas will warm by less than 4 °C, others will warm by more. For southern Africa, a likely 10 degrees rise is likely in inland areas.
According to Michael Sanderson, co-author of the Met Office report, “The exact impacts of such a large temperature rise on South Africa were not addressed in this study. However, food production will be adversely affected. The temperature rise will decrease crop productivity and increase the risk of hunger. Some plants and animal species will Continue reading