image: observed december-february 2009/2010 temperature anomalies over africa. the black box on the map denotes the north africa area used in the study where temperatures were extremely high. anomalies are relative... view more credit: shingirai s. nangombeafrica is arguably one of the regions most vulnerable to adverse impacts of climate change. with average temperatures in africa rising faster than the global average causing increases in severity and frequency of extreme climate events, it is vital that future changes of these extremes be understood. however, projected changes of climate extremes in africa remain little explored. particularly in the context of the paris agreement's goal to limit global warming to below 2°c and pursue efforts to further limit warming to 1.5 °c.in a recent study published in nature climate change, phd candidate shingirai nangombe, his supervisor prof. tianjun zhou and colleagues from the institute of atmospheric physics, chinese academy of sciences investigate potential benefits to africa of limiting global warming to 1.5°c instead of 2°c. a coupled community earth system model's (cesm) low warming experiments were used with periods 1961-1990, 1976-2005 and 2071-2100 representing baseline, present-day and future warming levels respectively. they report that events similar to those of december-february 1991/1992 over southern africa and those of 2009/2010 over north africa might be reduced by 25% and 20% respectively if warming is ...