Title: Climate Change       

Subtitle: Briefings from Southern Africa 

Author: Robert (Bob) Scholes, Mary Scholes, Mike Lucas 


ISBN:               978-1-86814-918-6

Dimensions:    240 x 168

Extent:             260 pages

Format:            Paperback

Pub date:         november 2015

RRP:                 R350-00



• How do greenhouse gases regulate the Earth’s temperature?

• How hot will it get?

• Will South Africa run out of water?

• Is sea-level rise something to worry about?

• Do cow-farts really cause global warming?

• Will marine fi sheries collapse?

• Isn’t climate change just part of a long-term natural cycle?

• Can solar and wind power meet our energy needs?

• How can I reduce my carbon footprint?

• Is there any chance of runaway global warming?

These and many other questions are answered in this full-colour illustrated book.

Climate change affects us all, but it can be a confusing business. Three leading South African scientists who have worked on the issue for over two decades help you to make sense of this topic. Climate

Change: Briefings from Southern Africa takes the form of 55 ‘frequently asked questions’, each with a brief, clear scientifically up-to-date reply. The authors’ introduction provides an overview of current national and international policies aimed at regulating climate change. The four main sections take you through the science of how the climate system works, the projected impacts in Southern Africa during the 21st century, what this means for South African society, and what can be done to avoid harm.

The profuse illustrations and local examples help to explain complex issues in simple terms. The book is aimed at interested but non-scientist readers, including business people, decision-makers and students, and is very timely in relating to impending international treaties and national efforts to avoid the worst consequences of a changing climate.

The year 2015 is regarded as a watershed for global climate change action if a global average temperature rise of more than two degrees above the pre-Industrial level is to be avoided. This book provides compelling evidence that the impact on agriculture, fisheries, water resources, human health, plants and animals as well as sea levels will be dangerous. However, the book ends on a positive note by offering advice on how the world can avoid such bleak outcomes, while allowing a good life for all.

About the Authors:

Robert (Bob) scholes is a Professor of Systems Ecology at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has worked on the issue of climate change since 1990, and was a lead author on the intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (iPCC)’s infl uential assessments in 2000, 2007 and 2014. His specialty is the interaction between terrestrial ecosystems in Africa and the global climate, and he is widely regarded as a world expert in this field.

Mary scholes is a Professor in the School of animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences at Wits University, Johannesburg and is the SarChi (South african research Chairs initiative) chair with a focus on global change and systems analysis. Her climate change research focuses on agriculture and food security as well as impacts of acidic deposition resulting from the burning of fossil fuels.

Mike Lucas is an associate Professor in the department of Biological Sciences at the university of Cape town. He is the South african and african member of the international Scientific Committee of oceanic research (SCor), a special committee of the international Council for Science (iCSu). His own research focuses on how climate change affects the marine environment, particularly the atlantic and Southern oceans, and how this in turn can affect global climate.





Published By: Wits University Press

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