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Britain’s climate change chief urges SA to accelerate solar-harnessing efforts

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UK special representative on climate change Sir David King believes South Africa is well placed to take advantage of strongly falling solar photovoltaic (PV) prices to deal cost effectively with its prevailing electricity shortfalls, while also lowering its carbon emissions.

But during a visit to South Africa this week, he also cautioned that it was unlikely that the world would be in a position to manage the threat of climate change “without the appropriate use of nuclear energy”.

King, who was born in Durban in 1939 and educated in Johannesburg at the University of the Witwatersrand before advancing his academic career in the UK, was appointed to his current position in September 2013 by British Foreign Secretary William Hague, despite having served as the chief scientific adviser to Labour Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.  Read more…

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