As we wade into a watery Soviet-lite doom, our leaders are all ...

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As we wade into a watery Soviet-lite doom, our leaders are all at sea

We’d much rather think about Harry and Meghan or the Springboks than ask if SA has a climate change plan

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Twenty years ago, I decided, for reasons imaginative and nerdy, to create an accurate map of what Cape Town’s coast would look like if the sea level rose by (an admittedly extreme) 5m.

My friend Thomas, then an environmental and geographical sciences undergrad, introduced me to an academic who kindly explained the alarming basics of sea-level rise. The gist: if the water is coming up by one unit, it’s usually coming inland by a lot more.

I duly bought some aerial photographs from the National Geo-spatial Information office in Mowbray (this was before Google Earth) and obsessively began highlighting low-lying contours in magic marker...

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