October 27, 2005
Africa Needs to Plan to Adapt to Climate Change
Nature reports 60 researchers met with policy-makers in Johannesburg last week to discuss adaptation to climate change:
"We urgently need to determine how we can adapt to climate change, and what the most appropriate interventions should be," says zoologist Steven Chown from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Temperatures in Africa have risen up to 1°C in the past century and, even if the emission reductions of greenhouse gases agreed by the Kyoto Protocol are achieved, temperatures could rise a further 2–3 °C by 2050, according to climatologist Bruce Hewitson of the University of Cape Town.Africa and Climate Change
The biggest challenges to African biodiversity will be the increase in temperature, drought, and increased susceptibility to invasive species. Species dependent on reserves may fare poorly.
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