Unheeded warnings

2019-03-07 05:14:01

By Fred Pearce AS MOZAMBIQUE struggles to recover from its devastating floods, one person can claim to have predicted the heavy rains over the region that caused the disaster. Mark Jury, a climate modeller at the University of Zululand in South Africa, warned in a press statement last September of a “wet, wet” start to 2000 in southern Africa. If more notice had been taken, he says, the floods could have been reduced. In January, when international forecasters were cautiously predicting above-average rains,