Acting on climate change is ‘no-brainer’, says Hanekom

Business Day Live 26 November 2012.

THE need to act on climate change is a “no-brainer”, Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom said on Monday at South Africa’s first National Global Change Conference in Boksburg.

According to some climate scientists, even if countries cut their carbon emissions immediately, global temperatures would rise 2°C. Others forecast an even larger increase. This would give rise to more extreme weather events, with serious implications for biodiversity, human health and livelihoods.

Delegates attending Monday’s conference said many academic institutions were studying climate change, and policymakers in South Africa were working to mitigate against an increase in global temperatures, but neither side spoke to the other…

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