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Global warming ‘to hit Africa hardest’

September 6, 2007
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AFRICA will suffer the most if the world fails to reduce global warming, with parts of the impoverished continent becoming uncultivable or uninhabitable, top British government scientists said overnight.

In a presentation in Pretoria, David King, the British government’s chief scientific adviser, warned climate change, if unchecked, would lead to worsening drought in Africa and to flooding along much of its coastline.

He said an additional 70 million Africans could be at risk of hunger by the 2080s as a result of continued global warming – temperatures in Africa have risen by about 0.7 degrees celsius during the last century.

“This is the continent that will come under the most severe pressure from climate change,” Mr King said.

They urged Africa to make climate change a top priority and the international community to do a better job of sharing technology and skills with what they described as a key battleground in the global warming debate.

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