Climate change is already having a significant impact on southern Africa, with prolonged drying interspersed with more intense precipitation and altered seasonal patterns. These changes will add to the social, economic and environmental stresses that adversely impact on human health across the region.
Climate change is not just an environmental issue. It is also a development issue, particularly with regard to human health, because it will affect, the most basic of
human needs — good food, water and air quality as well as individual safety, food, air, water and individual safety.
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