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Africa in for a ‘sizzling’ future

People from countries all over the world have to deal with the effects of climate change on a daily basis; from sea levelling rising to extreme weather conditions, the impact of climate change is evident and Africa especially is most vulnerable.

With climate change being at the forefront of today’s treads, MILE in partnership with the Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) hosted its 7th Built Environment Seminar to examine and discuss the projections of climate change over southern Africa and its impact on human comfort and energy demand.

The keynote speaker Dr Francois Engelbrecht, the principal researcher of CSIR Natural Resources presented interesting yet challenging projections on the effects of climate change in Africa.

 “Africa is most vulnerable to temperature increase with a 2 degree increase from 2012 to 2013,” said Dr Engelbrecht.

According to Dr Engelbrecht’s projections, Africa will be a ‘ball of fire’ by the year 2099. While this may seem not be in the lifetime of most individuals, it will affect future generations.

“For most countries the easiest way of keeping the economy going is with fossil fuels. In order for us to tackle Climate Change every country has to commit. We need to invest in green buildings and use less energy,’’ argued Dr Engelbrecht.  

Dr Andrew Mather, the facilitator of the seminar drew inputs from the panel and audience to sustain the lively discussion.

The presentation by Dr Engelbrecht can be downloaded below:

CCAM_futures_MUT_201309_001.pdfProjections of future climate change over Africa.pdf

A detailed learning note will be uploaded soon.

Keywords: Climate Change, CSIR, MUT

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