Articles Posted in the Green News category

Climate change: Storms, drought and insurance

September 10, 2008
Posted in Green News

If you’ve been wondering whether the bad weather battering Cape Town of late is a sign that the effects of climate change are upon us, and thinking about whether you should sell the beach house and move to higher ground. Relax. iAfrica.com asked SABC weatherman Simon Gear some questions, like what happened to spring day this year? Here’s what he said:

“The weather was only unusual in the sense that really big storms don’t happen every day. But, in terms of weather, Cape Town should expect a storm like that every year or so. So, no, it wasn’t particularly unusual. Typically September does see a few fronts so the timing wasn’t unusual. Read more

African droughts linked to warming Indian Ocean

August 8, 2008
Posted in Green News

Sea surface temperatures and land vegetation over the Indian Ocean in a visualization created with satellite data. Credit: NASA

Scientists have found a link between rising temperatures in the Indian Ocean and the decreases in rainfall over eastern and southern Africa. Records show that rainfall during eastern Africa’s rainy season (March to May) has decreased by 15 percent since the 1980s.

“The last 10 to 15 years have seen particularly dangerous declines in rainfall in sensitive ecosystems in East Africa, such as Somalia and eastern Ethiopia,” said Molly Brown of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, a co-author of the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “We wanted to know if the trend would continue or if it would start getting wetter.” Read more