SA is going to warm at twice the global average says climate change expert

In the last two weeks, we have seen the devastation wrought by hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean. As global temperatures continue to rise, climate scientists have said this is what we should expect an increasing number of storms, with drastic impacts.

Though scientists are still wrestling with some of the specifics of how climate change is impacting hurricanes, a lot is known, including the fact that hurricane seasons like this one could be the new norm.

Professor Mary Scholes, climate change expert says the intensity of Hurricane Harvey was quite serious and second one, expected to hit Caribbean Islands, with low shore lines will cause a lot of damage despite the hurricane being less extreme.

I think we're continuing to see the impact of climate change.

Professor Mary Scholes, climate change expert

Climate doesn't have to cause these storms directly, but because one is getting a change in the atmospheric temperature and how that changing temperature relates to the change in ocean temperature in different parts of the world. And it's the difference in those temperatures and the temperature of atmosphere and wind velocity that then generates the hurricanes.

Professor Mary Scholes, climate change expert

We actually thought we understood the weather patterns better than we do.

Professor Mary Scholes, climate change expert

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have unequivocally said that humankind is responsible for at least seventy-five percent of the change in climate we are observing says Scholes.

She says a normal summer is expected for South Africa. She concludes that South Africa is expected to get warmer and is going to warm at twice the global average.

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