Climate change affects us all, but it can be a confusing business!

South Africa is currently seeing a number of irregular weather patterns, including droughts, storms and heatwaves, and citizens have many questions about what is happening and what to expect in the near and distant future.

Two of the world-leading experts on climate change, Professors Bob and Mary Scholes, from Wits University, together with their colleague, Prof. Mike Lucas, from the University of Cape Town, have been working on a book on climate change and its impacts on southern Africa. The book, published by Wits University Press called Climate Change: Briefings from Southern Africa, takes the form of 55 ‘frequently asked questions’, each with a brief, clear scientifically up-to-date reply.

We, as a country, have to get our own house in order to limit climate change, and what that really means, is reducing the carbon intensity of our economy. I am not saying we have to stop economic growth; I am not saying we have to stop using electricity or any of those things. We have to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are associated with our economy and our energy use. We have to de-carbonise

Prof Bob Scholes, Wits University

In the light of the COP21 climate conference, which will be held in Paris later this month, Bob Scholes, Distinguished Professor of Systems Ecology at the University of the Witwatersrand shares his views on climate change in a conversation with author and science commentator Simon Gear...


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