Archive: Climate change
Compressed natural gas (CNG) is promoted as a cleaner fuel alternative, but also comes with risks to the climate and health.
The Kyoto Protocol made history in 1997 as the first major international effort to slow climate change.
While the world plans for a future without gas, an upsurge in new gas projects in South Africa is likely a “costly mistake”.
South Africa’s cabinet has approved the $8.5 billion (R155 billion) plan to help the country transition away from fossil fuels.
Our fossil fuel energy system comes at a massive cost. Climate change is causing extreme temperatures, drought and catastrophic flooding.
The cascading effects of climate change impact our ability to produce food, leading to food insecurity and increased food prices.
Agriculture is both a victim and culprit of climate change. The sector is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions and is acutely vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
A drought refers to a period of time when an area experiences lower-than-average precipitation. South Africa faces an increasing risk from drought due to climate change.
The main greenhouse gas is carbon dioxide (CO2), produced by burning fossil fuels. South Africa is the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases on the African continent.
Carbon dioxide is a chemical compound that presents as a gas in the Earth’s atmosphere. It consists of one carbon atom and two oxygen atoms.
Greenhouse gases are gases that trap heat in the atmosphere. This can be any gas that absorbs infrared radiation and contributes to the Earth’s warming or the greenhouse effect.