Climate change and South Africa

This page has yet to be fully developed, but will carry the best resources we know of for understanding the current and likely future impacts of climate change on South Africa, in a global context. Please do make suggestions.

Global context

These sites offer complementary views of the direction of global emissions trends, and how far they go towards being sufficient to avert the worst of climate change:


The best single source that we know of for understanding the likely impacts of climate change on South Africa is the CSIR Green Book.

South Africa’s average annual temperatures have increased by at least 1.5 times more than the observed global average (0.65°C) over the past 50 years.

Summary from the UCT Climate Systems Analysis Group (undated, but looks old).


Energy systems in South Africa

In most countries, the ways in which we get our energy are a key determinant of national climate change impacts. South Africa is no different. This overview of the need for energy sector transformation in South Africa (pdf) was researched and written by Project 90 by 2030.