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Citizen scientists photos capture the impact of climate change on southern Africa landscape
Old photos hold the secrets to the climate change gripping southern Africa, and could hint at what the future holds.
Scientists expect Africa to be hardest hit by climate change: its dependence on agriculture, hot temperatures, and poor infrastructure mean its citizens are likely to feel the pressure of a changing climate more than most others. But there are big gaps in our knowledge of how ecosystems and microclimates work.
â€œWe donâ€™t have an operating manual for the planet and we need one,â€ says Guy Midgley, a professor at Stellenbosch University who was part of the United Nationsâ€™ climate change panel. â€œItâ€™s frustrating to see incomplete knowledge being implemented as policyâ€¦
Those who refused to evacuate during Cyclone Debbie had pets to think of, survey finds
Most residents in the path of Category 4 Tropical Cyclone Debbie refused to evacuate because they didn’t want to leave their pets behind or go to a lowly evacuation centre.
Queensland’s James Cook University surveyed people in Bowen, Cannonvale, Airlie Beach and Proserpine a few days after the storm passed to find many had refused to leave their homesâ€¦
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