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maverick - 2 month ago

EDITORIAL: Our Burning Planet: The Earth is on fire, It’s time to start worrying

Last October, reporters for this publication fanned out across the Western Cape in order to make sense of an unfolding disaster: a once-in-628-year weather event threatened the existence of the city of Cape Town, and no one knew what to do about it. The mayor was fighting for her political the ruling party was engaged in a to-the-death leadership political dysfunction compounded environmental calamity. The more our reporters reported, the more shocking and unbelievable the situation appeared. Cape Town was on the cusp of becoming the first major, developed city to run out of municipal water, which meant that South Africans were about to conduct one of the 21st century’s great inadvertent experiments: what happens to the foundations of human civilisation — our cities — when catastrophic climate change begins to bite?

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