Climate change: South Africa has much to lose

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Imagine the savannas of South Africa's flagship Kruger Park so choked with brush, viewing what game is left is nearly impossible. The Cape of Good Hope without penguins.The Karoo Desert's seasonal symphony of wildflowers silenced.

Climate change could mean unthinkable loss for South Africa, which hosts talks on global warming that will bring government negotiators, scientists and lobbyists from around the world to the coastal city of Durban next week.

Climate change researcher Guy Midgley says evidence gathered over decades allows scientists to "weave a tapestry of change," and the implications of so much change happening at once pose enormous questions across South Africa and elsewhere.

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