We tried to write a climate change manifesto… (and failed)

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Climate strikes, demanding change… September the 20th saw a wave of global “climate strikes” across the world, including one here in Cape Town, South Africa.  The general narrative behind these protests is that governments have failed “us” and the demand is for immediate, radical, action.  For a long time I’ve wondered about this narrative.  The… Read more »

Job Vacancy

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SCIENCE-SOCIETY ENGAGEMENT RESEARCH FELLOW Applications are invited for the post of Science-Society Engagement Research Fellow, in the Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) Closing date: 18 June 2019 Apply here UCT is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its equity targets. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at http://www.uct.ac.za/downloads/uct.ac.za/about/policies/eepolicy.pdf. For this post we… Read more »

So when is it going to rain?

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  With the Western Cape drought now making international headlines on the BBC, the New York Times, and elsewhere, CSAG staff are receiving daily requests for interviews and information about the drought both locally and internationally.  The world is now watching to see if Cape Town will be the first major city to actually run… Read more »

What is it going to be?

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Ah, what a drama! Armageddon cometh! We are going to die! If not of disease and agony of thirst, then surely of bad smell, dirty clothes or from the hand of thy neighbour, who, at some stage of desiccation, will transform zombie-style into a Mad Max styled warrior armed with a post-apocaliptic, serrated water bucket…… Read more »

A blog about not knowing

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When I was asked to write a blog that might contribute to a platform of knowledge and skills to address complex social and environmental problems, I had been grappling with several such problems in my own life. To note two in particular; the protests at the University of Cape Town (UCT), calling for free higher… Read more »

Waiting for the rain…

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At this stage we all know the context, and I don’t think there is a need for extra explanations. So let me be as brief as possible. Drought. Big city. Disaster management plan. Day Zero. Everyone blames everyone. There. You have it. From my perspective (rooted in data and facts) the time has come to… Read more »

Last month CSAG celebrated!

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On the 27th July 2017 CSAG celebrated our 25 Year anniversary and officially launched as a University of Cape Town Research Centre. Over a relaxed breakfast event we were joined by a large number of our CSAG colleagues, affiliates and friends.  Special attendees and guest speakers included Professor Anton le Roex (Dean of UCT Science Faculty), Dr…. Read more »