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
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?..