Is the rainy season shifting?

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Due to climate change, the climate system is undergoing a shift towards a new climate state. Locally, the effects of this transitioning has been described by the Western Cape Government (WCG): “South Africa isn’t safe from the effects of climate change. In 2015, South Africa recorded its lowest annual rainfall since 1904. In the same… Read more »

Unpacking the Cape Town drought: Lessons learned

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By: Gina Ziervogel African Centre for Cities (ACC) has released a new paper Unpacking the Cape Town Drought Lessons Learnt by Associate Professor Gina Ziervogel. The report was commissioned by the Cities Support Programme, within National Treasury in the South Africa National Government, to ensure that lessons learned from Cape Town drought experience would serve to inform other municipalities when… Read more »

What is city relevant climate information and how can it be used?

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Written By Anna Taylor Feature image by Trish Sutherland Cities around the world are increasingly recognized as hotspots of climate impacts, in addition to many being large sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. For cities to identify, prioritize and invest in climate adaptation measures that are suitable to their context, relevant information is needed about climate patterns… Read more »

The Global Change research – time to shake it up and widen the doors?

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By Katinka Lund Waagsaether Feature image by Ruwadzano Matsika Attending the 2018 Global Change Conference, which takes place biennially under the banner of the Global Change Grand Challenge of the Department of Science of Technology, gave me a sense of excitement. My excitement came from what seemed to be a somewhat broadening perspective and scope –… Read more »

South Africa’s Third National Communication Under The United Nations Framework Convention On Climate Change

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Executive Summary: The initial National Communication in accordance with Article 12 of the United Nations Framework Convention on climate Change (UNFCCC) was prepared in 2004, followed by the second communication in 2011. This document constitutes South Africa’s Third National Communication (TNC). The document follows suggested UNFCCC guidelines for developing countries in reporting on national circumstances;… Read more »

Four Key Capacity Challenges to Provide Expanded Services on Climate Information Services: Learning From Seven African Countries

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CSAG was involved in a USAID funded project on Assessing Sustainability and Effectiveness of Climate Information Services in Africa (Sustainable CIS). The aim of the project was to better understand how to design and implement sustainable CIS models within African NMHSs. The Sustainable CIS project assessed the current capacity of NMHSs in seven sub-Saharan countries… Read more »

CSAG contributes to FAO State of Food Security 2018

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Every year, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), a division of the UN, produces a State of Food Security report.  This year, a key focus of the report was on the role of climate extremes and variability in the recently observed rise in hunger globally.  A number of CSAG researchers (Olivier Crespo, Christopher Jack, Mark… Read more »