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Tue, 17 Apr 2012 17:38 - Updated Tue, 17 Apr 2012 18:22

Africa's temperature may rise five degrees centigrade in 100 years - Official


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Luanda – The African continent might record a medium temperature rise of five degrees centigrade in the coming 100 years, Angop learned Tuesday in Luanda.

This was announced by Angolan minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Maria Cândida Teixeira.

The minister was speaking at Luanda’s “4 de Fevereiro” International Airport, before leaving for Windhoek, Namibia, where she will attend the Southern Africa ministerial meeting on climate changes and soils sustainable development set for April 17-18.

On the occasion, Maria Candida Teixeira said studies indicate that the said temperature rise will have a significant impact on the environment, with a considerable drop in rains in various regions of the continent.

Because of this, she said, Germany is concerned and interested to support the creation of the Southern Africa Centre for Sciences and Services for Adaptation to Climate Changes and Soils Management, to lessen the impact of the changes.

She added that Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia will sign a declaration formalising the implementation of the said centre on April 18 this year in the Namibian capital.

The project that started in September 2009 following a German Government’s initiative, is intended to mitigate the consequences of possible cases of disasters and climate variations in the countries of he region.