The City of Cape Town is being advised to consider a resilience program to mitigate the chance of being caught off guard by another drought.
Professor Anthony Turton is the environmental advisor for the NGO Water Shortage South Africa and says the resilience program should decouple the regional economy from the vagaries of nature.
This follows a revelation that scientists confirm another El Nino event is about to start in the tropical Pacific.
Sea temperatures have started to rise across the ocean amid predictions they may reach threshold values later this year and Turton says this might somehow affect Cape Town.
By decoupling you have to start thinking differently. You have to start thinking about storage of water in aquifers underground where it doesn't get lost to evaporation.— Professor Anthony Turton is the Environmental Advisor for the NGO Water Shortage South Africa
Turton says all evidence shows that South Africa is still not prepared to deal with unpredictable developments or changing circumstances in the ecosystem.
All evidence shows that in South Africa we are still in deep denial. All politicians put on an amid code and the amid code is deflecting, they don't want to interrogate the underlying realities of the situation.— Professor Anthony Turton is the Environmental Advisor for the NGO Water Shortage South Africa
When you are in a deflecting blaming mode, you are not in a solution seeking mode. The bottom line is that the Western Cape has run pretty much to the end of its available water...— Professor Anthony Turton is the Environmental Advisor for the NGO Water Shortage South Africa
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