Climate change is catchy – but when will it really hurt?

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dc.contributor.author Sweijd, N.A.
dc.contributor.author Wright, C.Y. (Caradee)
dc.contributor.author Westwood, A.
dc.contributor.author Rouault, Mathieu
dc.contributor.author Landman, W.A. (Willem Adolf), 1964-
dc.contributor.author MacKenzie, M.L.
dc.contributor.author Nuttall, J.J.C.
dc.contributor.author Mahomed, H.
dc.contributor.author Cousins, T.
dc.contributor.author Winter, K.
dc.contributor.author Berhoozi, F.
dc.contributor.author Kalule, B.
dc.contributor.author Kruger, P.
dc.contributor.author Govender, T.
dc.contributor.author Minakawa, N.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-19T05:09:42Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-19T05:09:42Z
dc.date.issued 2015-12
dc.description.abstract Concern and general awareness about the impacts of climate change in all sectors of the social-ecological-economic system is growing as a result of improved climate science products and information, as well as increased media coverage of the apparent manifestations of the phenomenon in our society. However, scales of climate variability and change, in space and time, are often confused and so attribution of impacts on various sectors, including the health sector, can be misunderstood and misrepresented. In this review, we assess the mechanistic links between climate and infectious diseases in particular, and consider how this relationship varies, and may vary according to different time scales, especially for aetiologically climate-linked diseases. While climate varies in the medium (inter-annual) time frame, this variability itself may be oscillating and/or trending on cyclical and long-term (climate change) scales because of regional and global scale climate phenomena such as the El-Niño southern oscillation coupled with global-warming drivers of climate change. As several studies have shown, quantifying and modelling these linkages and associations at appropriate time and space scales is both necessary and increasingly feasible with improved climate science products and better epidemiological data. The application of this approach is considered for South Africa, and the need for a more concerted effort in this regard is supported. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hb2015 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.samj.org.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Sweijd, NA, Wright, CY, Westwood, A, Rouault, M, Landman, WA, MacKenzie, ML, Nuttall, JJC, Mahomed, H, Cousins, T, Winter, K, Berhoozi, F, Kalule, B, Kruger, P, Govender, T & Minakawa, N 2015, 'Climate change is catchy - but when will it really hurt?', South African Medical Journal, vol. 105, no.12, pp. 1018-1023. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0256-9574 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2078-5135 (online)
dc.identifier.issn 10.7196/SAMJ.2015.v105i12.10332
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/51463
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher South African Medical Association en_ZA
dc.rights South African Medical Association en_ZA
dc.subject Climate change en_ZA
dc.subject General awareness en_ZA
dc.subject Social-ecological-economic system en_ZA
dc.subject Infectious diseases en_ZA
dc.subject Climate-linked diseases en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.title Climate change is catchy – but when will it really hurt? en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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