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FRACTAL ‘Embedded’ researcher catalyses climate response in Durban, South Africa

13 September 2019 // Cities, Climate adaptation, Climate smart infrastructure

If an urban planner wants to design and build a city so that it can withstand sweltering temperatures during increasingly hot summer months, their first thought might be to use synthetic shade-cloth to create shelter. But if they look at this design problem in the context of climate change and the tools offered by nature itself, a better solution is to use trees to dampen the effects of heat islands in an otherwise built-up, cemented city-scape.

“Training versus capacity building” Early Career Researcher, Diana Mataya, shares her learning and experiences as part of Future Climate for Africa’s Innovation Fund

09 September 2019 // Climate adaptation, Livelihoods

Diana Mataya, an Early Careers Researcher (ECR) with Future Climate for Africa (FCFA), shares her reflections on approaches to capacity building for climate change adaptation in Africa.

Why I believe climate change researchers should contribute to Wikipedia

14 August 2019 // Climate adaptation, Climate information, Climate science, Knowledge creation and management

When you search for “climate change adaptation” in Google, the Wikipedia page on the topic appears in the top 3 search results. Wikipedia ranks the importance of the page “high”, namely that it is about “well-known issues”. However, when your browser opens the page, the first thing the viewer sees is an alert box highlighting that the article has issues. In terms of quality and completeness, the page is rated “C”, meaning that “considerable editing is needed to close gaps in information”.

Understanding the water-energy-food nexus in a warming climate

07 August 2019 // Agriculture, Climate adaptation, Climate information, Energy, Water

All of nature is infinitely connected. It is therefore no surprise that there are strong interdependencies between the resources that the land surface provides.

African Climate Risks Conference - Registrations Open!

05 August 2019 // Climate adaptation, Climate information, Climate science, Knowledge creation and management

The African Climate Risks Conference is an exciting opportunity for sharing the latest climate research on African climate among researchers, and with policy makers, practitioners and development partners. The goal is to ensure the improved flow of knowledge and interactions among stakeholders toward greater impact and legacy of completed and on-going African climate research and adaptation initiatives.

Newsletter June 2019

28 June 2019 // Agriculture, Cities, Climate adaptation, Climate information, Climate science, Climate Services, Climate smart infrastructure, Extreme weather, Knowledge creation and management, Politics and Governance, Water

Welcome to the June 2019 edition of the Future Climate for Africa newsletter

Fourth Africa Climate Resilience Investment Summit 2019: Virtual presentations

06 March 2019 // Cities, Climate adaptation, Climate information, Climate science, Extreme weather, Knowledge creation and management, Livelihoods

The following video presentations were recorded for the Fourth Africa Climate Resilience Investment Summit (ACRIS IV) hosted at the Sandton Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, from 05th - 07th March 2019.

Final meeting showcases UMFULA's compelling 4-year research

26 February 2019 // Climate adaptation, Climate information, Climate science

As the Future Climate For Africa Program enters the final year of its research, it serves as an opportune time to look back and reflect on what has been achieved. This was no different for the team of researchers who attended the final UMFULA meeting, after 4 years of compelling research. The meeting was held from the 19th - 21st November on the shores of Tanzania’s coastline.

Conflict Resolution: a climate adaptation in East Africa?

13 February 2019 // Climate adaptation, Extreme weather, Livelihoods

One of the toughest questions that climate scientists are hoping to answer for East Africa, is what will happen with the region’s tropical rainfall patterns and what that will mean for its two wet seasons. The most up-to-date findings draw together the results of 40 different climate models, giving policy makers in the region something of a roadmap which can help them plan towards a future where drought and flood events will become more extreme and less predictable.

Embracing the uncomfortable silences in climate information exchange

24 January 2019 // Cities, Climate adaptation, Climate information, Climate science, Knowledge creation and management, Water

When climate and social science researchers sat down with a roomful of city managers and technicians in the Namibian capital of Windhoek in August 2018, someone from the city’s wastewater treatment plant threw them a curve-ball: what, she asked, are the projections for when water temperatures in the city might climb beyond a certain point?