Climate change


IN THE PRESS: Cape Town drought a lesson for SA

Gina Ziervogel

During National Water Week this week, the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) African Centre for Cities (ACC) released a new paper which warns that the Cape Town drought has powerful climate-change adaptation lessons for other South African municipalities. (more…)

Cape Town drought delivers powerful lessons to cities on climate adaptation

Gina Ziervogel

African Centre for Cities (ACC) has released a new paper Unpacking the Cape Town Drought Lessons Learnt by Associate Professor Gina Ziervogel. The research was commissioned by the Cities Support Programme, within National Treasury in the South Africa National Government, to ensure that lessons learned from the Cape Town drought experience would serve to inform […]

Unpacking the Cape Town drought: Lessons learned

Gina Ziervogel

African Centre for Cities (ACC) has released a new paper Unpacking the Cape Town Drought Lessons Learnt by Associate Professor Gina Ziervogel. The report was commissioned by the Cities Support Programme, within National Treasury in the South Africa National Government, to ensure that lessons learned from Cape Town drought experience would serve to inform other municipalities when […]

Cities and Climate Change Seminar 4

Working at the interface of climate science, urban policy and practice: developing ideas of distillation and receptivity WHEN: 12 June 2018 TIME: 3:00 to 4:30 WHERE: Studio 3, Environmental and Geographical Science Building, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town The last seminar in the 4 part series on cities and climate change will focus on […]

Cities and Climate Change: Seminar 3

Nate Millington will present a talk entitled Making sense of our water crisis: what can we learn from São Paulo? as part of our on-going series on Cities and Climate Change on 28 May 2018, at 15:00 to 16:30 in Studio 3, Environmental and Geographical Science Building, Upper Campus, UCT. Both Cape Town and São Paulo have […]

Cities and Climate Change: Seminar 2

The second seminar in the Cities and Climate Change series will explore low carbon urban energy transitions in (mostly South) African cities, paying particular attention to the institutional dimensions of transforming energy systems to increase energy access and increase sustainability by reducing GHG emissions in growing cities.   In the 20th century, grid electric power […]

Cities and Climate Change: Seminar 1

The first seminar in the academic seminar series on Cities and Climate Change reflects on the recent international conference on cities and climate change, the first of its kind convened by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Through a panel discussion between representatives from the City of Cape Town, the African Centre for Cities, UCT’s Climate […]

What does a ‘smart’ African city look like?

Anton Cartwright

Anton Cartwright, Joanne Yawitch, Damane Hlalele, Jak Koseff and Christina Culwick recently participated in a panel discussion discussing some of the key themes covered in the “Better Growth, Better Cities: Rethinking and Redirecting Urbanisation in Africa” report…

Adapting to a changing climate in Southern Africa

Anna Taylor, Zarina Patel

This short film captures the key messages and debates emerging from the first Southern Africa Adaptation Colloquium, held in November 2013 and co-hosted by Mistra Urban Futures Cape Town platform’s Climate Change Think Tank, a partnership within the Knowledge Transfer Programme. Members of the partnership include The University of Cape Town’s African Climate and Development […]

Climate change and Cape Town’s future

Anna Taylor

Climate change is reshaping our understanding of development pathways, bringing into stark relief how development choices impact us unequally and often in unintended or unforeseen ways as mediated through the environment or earth system. Writes Anna Taylor in this article for UrbanAfrica.net

Launch of City Officials Exchange Programme: Round 3

Anna Taylor, Zarina Patel

As part of Mistra Urban Futures Cape Town‘s Knowledge Transfer Programme, and emerging out of the Climate Change Think Tank, a third round of city/university collaboration is currently underway. City officials who have undertaken climate change innovations in their sectors were invited to apply for two month practitioner fellowship at the University of Cape Town, hosted by the ACC. […]

On Southern African Climate Adaptation

This short video captures the key messages and debates emerging from the first Southern Africa Adaptation Colloquium, held in November 2013 and co-hosted by the African Centre for Cities’ Climate Change Think Tank