Zimbabwe has not been spared by the climate change phenomenon which is wreaking havoc among different communities across the world. One of the major features of climate change is global warming. According to climate experts, the SADC region is expected to experience between two to four degrees Celsius rise in average temperature by the year 2050. Speaking at a climate change symposium held in Harare last week, United Nations climate change researcher Pios Ncube said
The world has warmed by an average of 0,76 degrees Celsius since the period of pre-industrial times and the temperature is projected to further increase warmth up to a maximum of four degrees Celsius if no action is taken. Global action is urgent, but local action is even more urgent.
Zimbabwe is warmer now than at the beginning of the 20th Century. Annual mean-temperature increased by about 0,5 degrees since 1900. Zimbabwe is expected to warm more rapidly in the future than the global average. By 2050, the temperature is to increase by about two to four degrees Celsius and rainfall reduction by 10% to 20% compared to the 1960s and 1990s baselines. Communities at household levels are already living and must continue to live with changing climates.