Adaptation strategies – a shift in focus

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  The term adaptation has become progressively common in the climate change literature as a result of the continuing effects of a changing climate. Similarly, mitigation definitions and strategies have been well documented over the last decade as the need to address the issue of climate change becomes more and more important. And indeed, mitigating… Read more »

Dealing with Climate Change – The Market as a Mechanism

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Politicians the world over are coming to realise that climate change is an imminent problem facing humanity. These challenges bring together concerns for the relationship of humans to nature, the responsibility of the richer nations to the poorer, the effect of local activities on global conditions and the responsibility of current generations to future ones…. Read more »

Warming of Global Climate is admitted with no doubt, equivocation occurs in the interpretation of the cause of climate change. Debate will never ends how can we save the society?

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Earth’s climate is well known to be dynamic by scientists since centuries ago. Historically the earth’s climate has been rising and falling irregularly between warm periods (glacial state) and cold periods (interglacial state). The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) global climate change models projections shows that from late 1970s the time series of global… Read more »

Was the HAIL this morning a sign of Climate Change – Cape Town (3 Jun 2013)? Have we used the latter as a platform to transfer our climate science research knowledge???

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Some parts of the City (e.g. Sea Point) experienced hails earlier this morning. For obvious reasons or simply because we can hardly experience hails, the condition took attention of many citizens – i.e. children were skating on the pavements partially cover with hail, numerous pictures were taken at different areas at different views, media founds… Read more »

Climate change mitigation – one roof at a time.

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As a former conservation student, I have always enjoyed exploring ideas about improved sustainable options. At the beginning of the year, while I was in search of a thesis topic, I was very much interested in rooftop gardens and the possibility of contributing to sustainable living, specifically focussing Cape Town. This idea included combining modern… Read more »

Climate Science Research: Where is the interest in the absence of climatic anomalies…???

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In (climate science) research, there are three basic components associated with the understanding a particular system of interest. First basic component is called “normal” pattern or trend; which is a series of events following a particular trend or pattern that is well known, understood and/or can be represented with high precision and accuracy. Second component… Read more »

Sustainability is Conservatism …

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                                “Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land”                      Aldo Leopold (1886-1948), U.S. Naturalist, Conservationist and Philosopher Conservatism may be defined as reluctance in accepting abrupt changes while… Read more »

A changing Arctic

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Currently, there is a huge debate on the state of the Arctic and the concentration of sea ice over the area. Greenpeace are pushing for action on issues of future oil drilling, industrial fishing and the conflict that will undoubtedly ensue. But these are not the sole issues that need to be addressed. This blog… Read more »

Climate Change Scenarios – Where are we headed?

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For over a decade, future climate change impacts have been assessed using a number of standardised emission scenarios. These scenarios assume different future states of the world’s population and corresponding greenhouse gas emissions – from really optimistic to really grim. For more information on these scenarios, please see IPCC SRES Scenarios and RCP Scenarios.   It is important… Read more »