A sunshade to help southern Africa cope with climate change?

Mike Muller, University of the Witwatersrand This article is a foundation essay. These are longer than usual and take a wider look at a key issue affecting society. Climate change is a global problem. But local actions are needed to reduce its impact. Specifically, southern African countries must consider what they can do to protect …

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El Niño: Meet the man who tries to predict the unpredictable

By Tania Rabesandratana In 1985, El Niño research pioneers Mark Cane and Steve Zebiak came up with the first computer model that successfully predicted the periodic Pacific Ocean warming event the following year. Thirty years later, models have improved — but El Niño remains an elusive beast, says Cane. “The models have gotten better and …

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The 3 culprits behind South Africa’s weird weather patterns

Caradee Yael Wright, South African Medical Research Council; Francois Engelbrecht, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and Neville Sweijd, Applied Centre for Climate and Earth Systems Science As maximum temperatures soared to 39℃ in South Africa’s capital city, Pretoria, during the second week of November, residents were asking: why is it so unbearably hot this …

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Mauritius gets online tool to measure GHG emissions

By Nasseem Ackbarally [PORT-LOUIS] Mauritius now has an online tool that allows policymakers and other users to evaluate and choose the best measures to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions. The tool, referred to as the Mauritius 2050 Pathways Calculator, is customised from the UK 2050 Pathways Calculator and can help users explore different scenarios of …

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El Niño rains could be double-edged sword for Kenya

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] Kenya should take advantage of the predicted El Niño-related rainfall expected to peak this month and extend to early parts of 2016, according to meteorologists. Kenyan meteorologists say that although the rains will negatively impact on people and their livelihoods, the country should be prepared to reap the benefits of the …

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