Scientists claim that Climate Change could make severe drought in Cape Town occur more frequently.
From 2015 to 2017 Western Cape province in the southwest of South Africa has experienced three consecutive years of below average rainfall.
Cape Town faced an unprecedented water shortage and it was believed that city could completely run out of water on what was termed “day zero”
The question of how Climate change may have played a part in this event has been investigated by an international team of scientists.
They concluded that because of climate change the likelihood of such an extreme weather event occurring has increased and could increase further in the future.
Winter rains have brought a reprieve to the citizens of Cape Town and fears that its water supply could run out have temporarily abated.
Since the Industrial Age the world has warmed by 1C. The 3.7 million residents of Cape Town are therefore now expected to experience a drough of this severity approximately once a century.
It is possible that unless significant mearsures are taken the world could warm by at least another 1C in which case a life-threatening drough could occur every 33 years.