Artist’s impression of
the Polaris climate
change observatory,
the first of which in
the world is being
built in Cape Town
 
Cape Town, South Africa — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 12 December 2011 – The first climate change observatory in the world is to be built in Cape Town in South Africa by 2014, according to a radio report.

A South African Broadcasting Corporation report monitored here said the observatory would present complex information about global climate change in a relevant, accessible and understandable manner.

Behind the project is the International Polar Foundation, which educates citizens about polar science and research, and this new breed of  science center focuses on making climate change understandable for the general public.

Cape Town was chosen for its proximity to the South Pole, and the observatory will be built on a jetty at the V&A Waterfront here by the foundation.

Foundation vice-president Nighat Amin told the SABC that Capetonians had displayed their support for the project. “There is a willingness here to actually do something about it climate change,” she said. “In other parts of the world there were vested interests, but in South Africa we found that people want to get involved.”

Prince Albert II of Monaco is the patron of the project. He and his South African-born wife, Princess Charlene, were in South Africa for the COP 17 climate change conference.