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Climate change is the next frontier in public health — and our century’s biggest threat to wellness. Human activities are making the atmosphere warmer. This means that extreme weather events are likely to become more frequent, which is bad news for our physical and mental health.

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Health Beat #13 | Why a hotter Earth could break health budgets

  • In our 13th Health Beat episode, we bring together activists and academics to show you how climate change hurts our health — starting in Mpumalanga where smog suffocates Secunda’s people.
  • A Tanzanian doctor tells Mia Malan how floods and droughts make HIV and TB spread. Malan also talks to climate justice activist Kumi Naidoo about how climate change affects young people’s mental health and how they view the future.

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Mia Malan is the founder and editor-in-chief of Bhekisisa. She has worked in newsrooms in Johannesburg, Nairobi and Washington, DC, winning more than 30 awards for her radio, print and television work.

Jessica Pitchford is Bhekisisa's TV and multimedia editor. She's been a journalist since the early nineties and has reported on some pivotal events in South Africa’s political history, such as the country’s transition to democracy and the work of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission.

Mohale Moloi is Bhekisisa's television producer and a health journalist.

Yolanda Mdzeke is a multimedia reporter at Bhekisisa.

Sabelo Mabele is a freelance video director.

Tshidiso Lechuba is a freelance video editor working in Johannesburg.