His brow furrowed, as if he’d just been listening to his own voice and hadn’t understood it.*

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(*T Pratchett)  The subtitle to this blog is: “Is it time to panic yet?” Following COP21 in Paris the world seems to be frantically pushing for climate change actions.  In CSAG we talk about it; we have arguments about whether scientists should engage in activism, or if we are putting too much of our research… Read more »

Vacancy: Academic Coordinator for the Future Resilience for African Cities and Lands (FRACTAL) project.

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  Applications for the post of Academic Coordinator for the Future Resilience for African Cities and Lands (FRACTAL) project are open. Please refer to our job vacancies page and the UCT website for the advert. FRACTAL 1 is a major 4-year activity undertaken by a consortium of regional and international partners led by CSAG at… Read more »

Tidal pools and golden cities

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Teaching, learning, and collaboration can be very challenging tasks, complicated by the fact that doing any of them well is often pretty much impossible if you aren’t attempting the other two at the same time. They also essentially define the job description for any project I’ve seen the research group be involved in. So in… Read more »

Collaborative adaptation research in Africa and south Asia

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CSAG is one of many partners working across Africa and India as part of the ASSAR (Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions) project. Led by ACDI at UCT, the project aims to develop a base of knowledge that will guide and inform climate change adaptation in semi-arid areas in Africa and India. Modathir Zaroug has… Read more »

Have more conversations

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The email discussion recorded below ensued after a link was shared which spoke about “20 things YOU can do to address the climate crisis“.  Read that article first! This conversation is a valuable starting point to thinking about what you can do … have more conversations! [Edited to remove too many personal aspersions, and spell… Read more »

Climate Noir

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It was a dark and stormy night… I always wanted to write something that started that way, so here goes, exerts from a gritty, tongue in cheek film noir adaptation of issues inherent in the ethics of climate services given limits to predictability. I would like to remind that in true film noir tradition, these… Read more »

Climate services in Africa: trialing a co-exploration approach

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Over the past few years many climate research centers, government institutions and consultancies across the world have been part of a rebranding exercise. In essence there is nothing new in the establishment of climate services. The provision of expertise, data and guidance, as well as work on informing climate risk management, has grown steadily as… Read more »

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