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South Africa Leads Big Emitters in Preparing for Climate Health Risks

The nation has taken the most action to tackle the health threats from global warming and pollution, according to a new study

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South Africa is leading the race among the world’s biggest emitters to tackle the health risks posed by climate change, according to a new study.

The world’s 14th-largest carbon emitter scored highest in terms of recognizing the dangers of heat and air pollution, the Global Climate and Health Alliance said in a report on Tuesday. The study ranked 120 countries on how much they accounted for health impacts in their latest climate commitments under the Paris Agreement, also known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Countries have been under pressure to update their goals ahead of a United Nations conference in Glasgow that starts at the end of the month.