Africa at risk from climate change: expert

A leading expert on climate change has warned that several African countries, including South Africa,...

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A leading expert on climate change has warned that several African countries, including <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><country-region w:st="on">South Africa, would </country-region>be hardest hit by a rise in sea levels.

The Global Ocean Observing System’s Geoff Brundrit addressed a climate change conference in <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on"><placetype w:st="on">Cape Town.

He said some of Africa’s harbour cities like <city w:st="on">Cape Town, <city w:st="on">Lagos and <place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">Alexandria were especially at risk if the polar ice caps continued melting at their current rate.

He said the sea level may rise by as much as 7 metres by the end of the century.

“The is a concern in areas of the coast of South Africa and these are all currently being investigated by various authorities."