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The EWT is deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Professor Bob Scholes, one of the world’s leading scientists on Climate Change.

Professor Bob Scholes passed away on the evening of Wednesday, 28 April 2021, following a hike with friends and colleagues.

The Wits community, in announcing his passing, stated that they are shocked and saddened by the sudden loss of such a giant in the field of climate science, not only in South Africa, but in the world. Professor Scholes was a true leader, a conscientious and dedicated scientist, and a teacher to all. An A-rated scientist and Professor of Systems Ecology at Wits, he served as the Director of the Global Change Institute (GCI). He was among the top 1% of environmental scientists worldwide, based on citation frequency, and published widely in the fields of savannah ecology, global change, and earth observation.

Professor Scholes led several high profile studies and held high profile positions in the fields of climate change and environmental studies globally. He was one of the lead authors in the assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the present and future impacts of climate change and how we can adapt to, or reduce it. He has also served as a member of the steering committees of several global earth observation bodies.

The EWT and our colleagues and friends far and wide are saddened by the loss of Professor Scholes, and extend our sincere condolences to Mary, his family, friends, and colleagues during this very difficult time.