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Molewa calls Southern Ocean temp increases ‘alarming’

Molewa calls Southern Ocean temp increases ‘alarming’

Oct 28, 2014

The Southern Ocean between South Africa and Antarctica is experiencing the fastest temperature increase in the world and this affects South Africa, according to Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.

Her statement came in a written reply to a Parliamentary question from Congress of the People (COPE) MP, Deidre Carter, who asked whether there has been growing evidence of climate change within the country’s national territory, surrounding oceans and atmosphere over the last four years.

Minister Molewa says one of the areas in the territory of South Africa that is affected by the fastest increase in temperature in the world is the area around Prince Edward Islands, adding that long-term ocean data around South Africa has also shown an increasing average trend in Sea-Surface Temperature of 20 degrees Celcius over the last 100 years.

Molewa says as result, South Africa will experience more frequent and severe storms associated with storm surges, placing citizens along the South African Coastline, in an increasingly vulnerable position.

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