UK and South Africa strike climate health deal

Nine research institutions will collaborate on climate change and its impacts on health

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The UK and South Africa have agreed a climate deal through collaborative research.

Nine research institutes will work together on climate and health after the agreement was signed at the Francis Crick Institute in London.

Global health systems that decrease the threat and impacts of climate change are a key part of the research.

Due to South Africa’s nature diversity, its landscapes are considered critical for investigating the impacts of climate change on biodiversity and the environment.

UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said: “The UK and South Africa have shown global leadership in joining together to protect people by preventing the spread of dangerous diseases and by working to halt climate change – including through the ground-breaking Just Energy Transition Partnership, to help countries move away from using fossil fuels.”

UK Secretary of State for the Environment, Thérèse Coffey, added: “This visit highlights the fantastic biodiversity of South Africa and our longstanding scientific collaboration to protect nature. Both countries are working together to tackle the twin challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss.”