Scientist warns of SA's exposure to effects of global climate change

Systems ecologist Bob Scholes has warned that global climate change will have a considerable impact on South Africa.

Speaking to 702's Azania Mosaka, Professor Scholes asked why it was so difficult for people to make the necessary changes in order to leave a liveable planet for their grandchildren.

Scholes said the country was moving slowly and something needed to be done to preserve the environment for future generations.

Listen to the conversation below:

Scholes has worked on global climate change since 1990, and is a world-renowned scientist in systems ecology, particularly regarding African savannas.

He is one of the lead authors in the assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on present and future impacts of climate change, and how we can adapt to or reduce it.

In some of the work he has done, Scholes said, global climate change is predicted to have substantial impacts on South Africa’s unique and prolific biodiversity but consequences for conservation planning (adaptation) are poorly described.


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