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

Show simple item record Chersich, Matthew F. Swift, Callum Patrick Edelstein, Ian Breetzke, Gregory Dennis Scorgie, Fiona Schutte, Francois H. Wright, Caradee Yael 2020-06-02T08:18:27Z 2020-06-02T08:18:27Z 2019-07
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 40°C 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_ZA
dc.description.department Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian pm2020 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Chersich, M.F., Swift, C.P., Edelstein, I. et al. 2019, 'Violence in hot weather : will climate change exacerbate rates of violence in South Africa?', South African Medical Journal, vol. 109, no. 7, pp. 447-449. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2078-5135 (online)
dc.identifier.issn 0256-9574 (print)
dc.identifier.other 10.7196/SAMJ.2019.v109i7.14134
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Health and Medical Publishing Group en_ZA
dc.rights © 2019, South African Medical Association. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial Works License (CC BY-NC 3.0). en_ZA
dc.subject Violence en_ZA
dc.subject Aggression en_ZA
dc.subject Climate change en_ZA
dc.subject Hot temperature effects en_ZA
dc.subject Public policy en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.title Violence in hot weather : will climate change exacerbate rates of violence in South Africa? en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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