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Violence in hot weather: will climate change exacerbate rates of violence in South Africa?

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dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-19T12:15:54Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-19T12:15:54Z
dc.date.issued 2019-08-12 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/14262
dc.description.abstract Worldwide, violence claims more than 1.4 million lives each year, accounting for 1 in 40 of all deaths globally. Alarmingly, South Africa (SA) recorded a homicide rate of 35.8 per 100 000 people in 2017/18, which is the second highest rate in sub-Saharan Africa and among the top 10 in the world, including among countries at war. While violence in SA has been attributed to the unique historical, social and economic characteristics of the country, the potential contribution of physical environmental factors, such as heat, has largely been ignored. Understanding connections between heat and violence is increasingly important as we witness the warming of our planet, and anticipate more intense and longer-lasting heatwaves in the coming decades. Exposure to extreme heat is already common in many parts of SA; temperatures frequently exceed 40C in Northern Cape Province, for example, but can also reach those levels in areas with a more temperate climate, such as Johannesburg. In this editorial, we examine evidence on the connections between temperature and interpersonal violence, and consider the implications of these connections for SA. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject CLIMATE CHANGE en
dc.subject VIOLENCE en
dc.subject RISK BEHAVIOUR en
dc.title Violence in hot weather: will climate change exacerbate rates of violence in South Africa? en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 109(7) en
dc.BudgetYear 2019/20 en
dc.ResearchGroup Research Use and Impact Assessment en
dc.SourceTitle South African Medical Journal en
dc.ArchiveNumber 10941 en
dc.PageNumber 447-449 en
dc.outputnumber 10042 en
dc.bibliographictitle Chersich, M.F., Swift, C.P., Edelstein, I., Breetzke, G., Scorgie, F., Schutte, F. & Wright, C.A. (2019) Violence in hot weather: will climate change exacerbate rates of violence in South Africa?. <i>South African Medical Journal</i>. 109(7):447-449. en
dc.publicationyear 2019 en
dc.contributor.author1 Chersich, M.F. en
dc.contributor.author2 Swift, C.P. en
dc.contributor.author3 Edelstein, I. en
dc.contributor.author4 Breetzke, G. en
dc.contributor.author5 Scorgie, F. en
dc.contributor.author6 Schutte, F. en
dc.contributor.author7 Wright, C.A. en

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