The heat is on


Imagine a world where all that remains of Cape Town is Table Mountain sticking out of the sea while the rest of the city lies submerged, shrouded in myth like the lost city of Atlantis. This may seem like the plot of a far-fetched sci-fi movie, but as earth’s ice caps keep melting and sea levels continue to rise we have to ask ourselves: can we really bury our heads in the sands like America’s president Donald Trump and say climate change is a hoax?


New figures released by analysts at Nasa and America’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ( NOAA ) reveal that 2016 was officially the warmest year ever documented. Average global temperatures are now almost a full degree warmer than they were in the mid- 20th century- and scientists are worried.


“In 2014, 2015 and 2016 we have had the three hottest years on record. Scientists call it a “ three-peat”. It’s very worrying that 2015 and 2016 were both warmer than the long-term global average”, says Professor Guy Midgley, an expert in biodiversity and global change science at the department of botany and zoology at Stellenbosch University.


Article by Veronica