Climate science’s blind spot for heat waves in southern Africa

Bob Berwyn, Mail & Guardian

Centred in the equatorial tropics, Africa is the world’s hottest continent and millions of people there are facing a growing threat from deadly heat waves. But no one knows how many people have died or been seriously affected in other ways by extreme heat because the impacts have been poorly tracked.

…People in Africa are certainly aware of the growing number of heat waves on the continent, said Mohamed Adow, director of Power Shift Africa, a Nairobi-based climate and energy think tank. “But if they are not being recorded by scientists it will be much harder for African voices to be heard in the climate debate.”

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