Hot heads: murder rates in SA soar with temperatures

News

Hot heads: murder rates in SA soar with temperatures

Study finds that a 1°C rise in same-day maximum temperature is linked to a 1.5% rise in homicides

Journalist

Researchers had a suspicion that climate change was playing a role in murders in SA – a country that can ill-afford any exacerbating factors.

After trawling through 17 years’ worth of data, the results proved harrowing.

In July 2019, a team led by Matthew Chersich from the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, wrote an editorial for the South African Medical Journal. They asked: will climate change exacerbate rates of violence in SA?..

This article is reserved for registered Times Select readers.
Simply register at no cost to proceed. If you've already registered, sign in below.

Times Select

Already registered on TimesLIVE, BusinessLIVE or SowetanLIVE? Sign in with the same details.

Questions or problems?
Email helpdesk@timeslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.