Climatologist and TV personality Simon Gear will be presenting a talk entitled Humanities real response to environmental changes at the next Eco-Breakfast.
Gear studied climatology to Honours level at Wits. In 1999, after a brief stint as a Geography teacher (Edenvale High), he joined the SABC as a senior consulting climatologist and since then has provided expert comment on climate matters on most of South Africa’s public and private radio stations, as well as producing and presenting weather reports for all of the SABC’s domestic and international television channels.
In 2011 he left SABC TV weather to focus his television efforts as anchor of South Africa’s premier environmental show, 50/50. In addition to his TV work, Simon provides weather and science coverage for Primedia, and has recently been appointed as lead climatologist on DSTV’s Weather Channel.
Simon spent time working with WSP Walmsley (now WSP Environmental South Africa) where he worked in the Air Quality Unit. After leaving he remained involved in air quality but in a private consultancy capacity. Apart from a wide range of air quality and climate change related projects he was also the project manager for the EIA for the Petronet pipeline between Durban and Gauteng, at the time, South Africa’s largest EIA. He is a member of the International Association of Impact Assessors and was invited to give the keynote address at the IAIA annual conference in the Eastern Cape in 2011.