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Hot heads: murder rates in SA soar with temperatures

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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

Senior science reporter

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?..

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