People around the world now get to decide what their climate futures will look like by playing Survive the Century, a climate fiction game about the political, environmental and social choices humans will face between 2021 and 2100 as we adapt to the ravages of climate change. And while this online game is a work of fiction, it is informed by real science.
Researchers from the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) transdisciplinary Future Water Institute recently highlighted some of their projects that explore different ways of valuing water. This is in keeping with the theme for this year’s World Water Day on 22 March: “Valuing water” – determining what water means to people, understanding its true value and learning how best to protect this vital resource.
Climate records show that the Western Cape Province’s average temperature has risen by almost one degree over the past 50 years. That trend is set to continue, as climate models predict drier, hotter conditions – with repercussions for water and rainfall, said University of Cape Town (UCT) climatologist Dr Peter Johnston.