The ACDI is a university-wide initiative at the University of Cape Town which supports collaborative research and training in climate change and development.



Thursday, 29 October 2020
Climate Research Universities Unite for Action

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has joined the newly established International Universities Climate Alliance (‘Climate Alliance’), which aims to help communicate research insights on the most effective means to meet the unprecedented global challenge of climate change.

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Meet UCT’s climate change experts contributing to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report

The African Climate & Development Initiative is proud of the researchers from the University of Cape Town who are contributing to the Intergovernmental Panel (IPCC) on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). The IPCC is divided into three Working Groups and a Task Force. Working Group I deals with The Physical Science Basis of Climate Change, Working Group II with Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability and Working Group III with Mitigation of Climate Change. The University of Cape Town has authors contributing to all three of these working groups, including three Coordinating Lead Authors and five Lead Authors. 

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Policy Briefing: Can Africa’s contested energy futures create opportunities for enhancing African-European relations?

The challenge of defining African energy futures gains complexity as local politics interact with geopolitical powers and global climate change concerns. The AU-EU strategy focuses on ‘innovation for green transitions’, while European companies continue to dominate African fossil fuel markets. The Chinese strategy to decarbonise their domestic markets encouraged Chinese coal industries to build abroad. How can African societies define their own energy futures without turning into ‘living sustainability labs’ or stepping into debt traps set out by foreign actors? 

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Three ways to secure the ocean’s survival

Humanity must change its relationship with the ocean, a shared global commons, to stave off a collapse of the world’s marine environment and resources, says a new paper, “A transition to sustainable ocean governance”, published in Nature Communications. The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Dr Philile Mbatha is a contributing author.

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