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Egypt temporarily extends daily power cuts to three hours

Egypt temporarily extends daily power cuts to three hours

EGYPT'S government has extended daily power cuts to three hours on Sunday and Monday, one hour longer than usual, in response to a surge in domestic electricity consumption because of a heatwave, a cabinet statement said. Since July last year, load shedding linked to falling gas production, rising demand and a shortage of foreign currency has led to scheduled two-hour daily power cuts in most areas. Earlier this month, a shortage of gas supplies led to temporary shutdowns at fertiliser and chemical plants. The blackouts, which began last summer as demand for air conditioning rose, have stirred frustration among citizens and interruptions…
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Fans, hoses and air-con – heatwave-hit Britons seek relief

Fans, hoses and air-con – heatwave-hit Britons seek relief

SALES of electric fans, hoses, air conditioning units and sprinklers are soaring as Britons swelter amid record temperatures, retailers said. Britain was on course for its hottest day on record with temperatures forecast to hit 40C for the first time, forcing train companies to cancel services, schools to close early and ministers to urge the public to stay at home. Sainsbury's, Britain's No. 2 supermarket group which also owns the Argos general merchandise business, said sales of fans last week rose 1,876% versus the week before, while sales of air conditioning units were up 2,420% and sales of paddling pools…
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Cape Town’s climate strategy isn’t perfect, but every African city should have one

Cape Town’s climate strategy isn’t perfect, but every African city should have one

IT may take an extreme heatwave, a mega wildfire or a severe coastal storm to begin to appreciate the dangers of climate change. ALANNA REBELO, Postdoctoral researcher, Stellenbosch University KAREN JOAN ESLER, Professor of Conservation Ecology and Head of the Department of Conservation Ecology & Entomology at Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch University MICHAEL SAMWAYS, Professor, Conservation Ecology & Entomology, Stellenbosch University PATRICIA HOLMES, plant ecologist, Stellenbosch University TONY REBELO, Scientist, South African National Biodiversity Institute Africa is likely to be the continent hit hardest by climate change. The region is vulnerable to droughts, heat and floods and many countries have a…
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Extreme heat is a threat to lives in Africa, but it’s not being monitored

Extreme heat is a threat to lives in Africa, but it’s not being monitored

EXTREME heat is a serious hazard to people’s health. It affects the cardiovascular system and is particularly dangerous for the elderly and people with pre-existing health conditions. LUKE HARRINGTON, Postdoctoral researcher in Climate Extremes, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford FRIEDERIKE OTTO, Associate Director, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford Recent research has found that since the 1950s, extreme heat has become more frequent and severe, and lasted longer, in nearly all regions of the world. The biggest increases have been seen in the Middle East, South America and parts of Africa. Because societies in different parts of the world…
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Heat wave shrivels mango crop for Egypt’s farmers

Heat wave shrivels mango crop for Egypt’s farmers

MALAIKA TAPPER THE mango groves of Egypt's Ismailia province, normally humming with harvesting activity in July, have been quiet this summer following an unexpected heat wave that has ruined much of the crop and hurt farmers' livelihoods. Farmer Adel Dahshan, wearing a white galabeya stained with mango juice, said his farmed areas have yielded just a tiny fraction of their normal bounty. A sudden heat wave swept the province of Ismailia, which borders the Suez Canal, in early winter and then again in late March, and those hot days and cool nights have disrupted the fruit's development. "The weather at…
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