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African SWIFT Cheney Public Lecture: From Extreme Weather to Climate Change in Africa

Tuesday 22 October 2019, 19:00 - 21:00

University of Leeds Cheney Fellow, Dr Benjamin Lamptey, will talk on extreme weather and climate change in Africa, with consideration of the contribution of human activity on the continent and implications for the environment, society and the economy.

Climate Change in Africa is a big threat to the people, the environment and the economy. Most of the disasters are hydrometeorological in origin and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has projected an increase in the intensity and frequency of extreme events over the continent. While global climate is changing due to greenhouse gas increases, mostly emitted from countries outside Africa, it has been argued since the 1970s that human activities on the land surface in Africa also cause shifts in the climate. It can be hard to imagine how Africa will cope with an increase in the intensity of storms, droughts and heatwaves, when the effects of present-day weather extremes can be so devastating. Is the contribution of land use change to climate change in Africa important to these changes? The presentation will inquire how the present-day weather is viewed vis-à-vis climate change.

The talk will be followed by a panel discussion involving several climate and weather experts. The panel discussion will be followed by a drinks reception.

This lecture is open to the public. Attendance is free but you will need to register in advance. 

  • Please register at this link ONLY if you plan to attend the lecture in-person
  • Please register for to attend the online webinar here