Prof Bob Scholes on climate change and South Africa

Prof Bob Scholes, winner of the 2014/15 NSTF Award for individual achievement over a lifetime, presented a talk at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Johannesburg on 29 October 2015.

Prof Scholes is one of the top 1% of environmental scientists in the world. He is recognised globally as a leading researcher within environmental science, systems ecology, savannah ecology and global change. Scholes is currently a distinguished professor of systems ecology at the University of the Witwatersrand. 

Prof Scholes pointed out that SA is an especially climate-vulnerable country; thanks to a climate anomaly, we get both drier and hotter as the global average temperature rises (for the rest of the world, the experience is hotter and moister).

An article entitled Climate change: SA working hard behind the scenes, published on the website health24.com on 30 October 2015, provides a good summary of Prof Scholes’ talk.