Climate Change Leads To Increase In Violence

AlfredPalmerM3tank1942bAs if rising sea levels, extreme weather and all the other meteorological effects of climate change weren’t bad enough, now it appears that it leads to increases in human violence, reports BBC News:

Shifts in climate are strongly linked to increases in violence around the world, a study suggests.

US scientists found that even small changes in temperature or rainfall correlated with a rise in assaults, rapes and murders, as well as group conflicts and war.

The team says with the current projected levels of climate change, the world is likely to become a more violent place.

The study is published in Science.

Marshall Burke, from the University of California, Berkeley, said: “This is a relationship we observe across time and across all major continents around the world. The relationship we find between these climate variables and conflict outcomes are often very large.”

The researchers looked at 60 studies from around the world, with data spanning hundreds of years.

They report a “substantial” correlation between climate and conflict.

Their examples include an increase in domestic violence in India during recent droughts, and a spike in assaults, rapes and murders during heatwaves in the US.

The report also suggests rising temperatures correlated with larger conflicts, including ethnic clashes in Europe and civil wars in Africa…

[continues at BBC News]


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75 Comments on "Climate Change Leads To Increase In Violence"

  1. Charlie Primero | Aug 2, 2013 at 10:12 am |

    Climate Change also causes increases in automobile crashes, reductions in high school student test scores, and more painful menstrual cramps. In fact, I cannot think of anything bad which is not caused by Climate Change.

  2. Reminds me of Michael Douglas in Falling Down.

  3. Ted Heistman | Aug 2, 2013 at 12:10 pm |

    Climate change is caused by lack of hand wringing. Too many people aren’t feeling badly enough about climate change. If everyone felt really really badly about it the Earth would cool.

    I actually look forward to the Earth getting warmer. Fuck polar bears.

    • Ted Heistman | Aug 2, 2013 at 12:14 pm |

      Polar bears will just keep banging grizzlies. They got it covered.

    • The Well Dressed Man | Aug 2, 2013 at 1:36 pm |

      The change seems to be accelerating. The polar regions are shaping up to be the “Great Game” of this century accordingly. Considering extant population centers, we don’t know enough about the resiliency of the global ecosystem to guess how bad the catastrophe will be, but I’m worried. I’m pretty sure that 250 years of increasing emissions have tipped the system to a new and hotter norm. If this is the case, our window to mitigate the worst of the increase is just a couple more decades.

      • Ted Heistman | Aug 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm |

        My point is why worry? The thing is I am against GMO foods, I am against Farm subsidies, I am against things that really seem to cause harm, socially, environmentally.

        I am for reforestation, permaculture, locally grown food. To me The Big Climate Scare just seems like some type of Psyop, and there doesn’t seem to be anything people can really do about it.

        Bunch of Fear Mongering.

        • The Well Dressed Man | Aug 2, 2013 at 2:24 pm |

          I worry because there’s still time to be proactive. Climate change denial could also be propaganda. The ultra wealthy would thrive while most of the world descends deeper into war and poverty.

          • Ted Heistman | Aug 2, 2013 at 2:36 pm |

            Well, its more like this: Variations on a theme:
            war on Terror
            War on Drugs
            War on Climate Change

            You are taking it too seriously.

          • The Well Dressed Man | Aug 2, 2013 at 2:59 pm |

            Seriously enough to keep me going through a year of calculus and physics so far
            edit- “terror” and “drugs” are ridiculous appeals to emotion.
            Climate change is something that has been very objectively observed. I understand your doubts as to the source of this change, and our ability to act on it, have led you to this categorization. My views differ.

          • Facts aside i don’t see how “the world is going to boil over eventually” isn’t also an appeal to emotion.

            I mean there are objective observances such as “(some) drugs ruin lives” and “Terrorism kills people” but the way people react to them is the big issue. Objectivity of what-is, is not immediately imply an objective what-must-be-done.

          • The Well Dressed Man | Aug 2, 2013 at 3:57 pm |

            Sure there’s spin, and a lot of dodgy ideas are pawned off on the masses with the “green” label. Still, my perspective is that the threat of climate change is much more immediate than the other subjects above.

          • a cop or psychologist would be worried about a different kind of doomsday. Doesn’t mean they are bad people for not picking yours.

            I see them all as equally immediate, and equally poorly handled.

          • emperorreagan | Aug 2, 2013 at 5:00 pm |

            I really like that last line.

          • Calypso_1 | Aug 3, 2013 at 11:11 pm |

            Thank you ad nth!

    • CosmicAmazing | Aug 2, 2013 at 3:26 pm |

      Yea fuck those big white furry death machines! 😉

    • Cato = bullshit

      • Ted Heistman | Aug 2, 2013 at 12:14 pm |

        Not your brand?

        • No, I’ve just known them to lie and distort when their returns are threatened.

          • Ted Heistman | Aug 2, 2013 at 1:06 pm |

            Well I am not particularly partisan. I think the people at Cato, might be full of shit sometimes but sometimes they may have a point. If I were a good democrat, like many of my friends in Madiosn, WI I guess I would have to hate them. The fact is, I could give two shits about Public school teachers unions and other democratic causes.

            As far as Greenhouse Gasses, all I know is plants grow better in a greenhouse. So it sounds good to me. I am skeptical of all this Chicken little stuff, especially when it comes to things I have no control over. Anyway, be that as it may I am willing to bet my carbon foot print is smaller than that of the vast majority of Americans.

      • Ted Heistman | Aug 2, 2013 at 12:16 pm |

        So here is quiz for you

        1.Which region has higher biodiversity?
        a. The North and South Poles
        b. The equator

        • c. People who say “Fuck polar bears” don’t really care about biodiversity.

          • Ted Heistman | Aug 2, 2013 at 12:59 pm |

            Did I hurt the Polar bears feelings? Can I make it up to them by friending then on face book? What kind of emotional energy can I generate in order to help the planet? I want to do something to help counter act climate change which is both completely ineffectual, but which also enables me to feel self righteous. Help me out here what can I do?

          • Sounds like I hit too close to home.

          • Ted Heistman | Aug 2, 2013 at 1:08 pm |

            No, actually I get that impression from you. So if I may ask, what are you doing to reverse climate change?

          • Really? It seems to me your comments have been far more emotional.

            Anyway, I admit I am not doing nearly enough to reverse climate change. I acknowledge that I am part of the problem, and am working to change that. But I think it’s better than pretending there is no problem.

          • Ted Heistman | Aug 2, 2013 at 6:54 pm |

            Sure there are lots of problems. First of all I am dying and so are you!

          • Those are problems? Without death, there’d be no sex.

          • ishmael2009 | Aug 5, 2013 at 4:14 pm |

            But it’s not though. If you really *really* believe in the severity of the forecast climate change and you don’t radically alter your own lifestyle to try and do your bit to try and forestall or at least ameliorate this dystopian future, what does that say about you? You’ll pay lip service to the seriousness of the situation, and condemn those that don’t, but you won’t do much that’s real apart from token efforts.

          • Calypso_1 | Aug 3, 2013 at 11:17 pm |

            Make googly eyes at sociopaths.

        • I think at best they’re talking about an increase in temperate zones and more life only in terms of living things per square mile. If you’re willing to wait a couple of million years you might even end up with more biodiversity–particularly if we humans kill each other off.

          In the short term though:


          • Ted Heistman | Aug 2, 2013 at 2:05 pm |


            Is basically the attitude in life that fucks everything up.

          • I think it’s a fundamental principle of life. Shiva the Destroyer and all that. It’s not that there won’t be positive consequences of global warming. It might even be a good idea to focus on those because it’s not like anything meaningful is really being done to slow it down. In the short-term though it’s going to be disproportionately painful for the vast majority of organisms.

          • Ted Heistman | Aug 2, 2013 at 2:57 pm |

            I basically accept it. I also get persnickety at appeals to what seems to me like emotional manipulation.

            I try to focus on things that are actually within my control and am suspicious of giving my power away to large organizations.

          • Yeah. Large organizations are the drivers that caused the problem to begin with. I think the plan is to shift control from large organization A, the corporation, to large organization B, the government. Like you I don’t hold out much hope of that doing a lot of good. Decentralization would be a good solution, but it’s counter intuitive to the way most civic problem solvers think.

          • you have it backwards.

            Life = change
            Stagnation = death

          • and you have a hard time reading things in context.

          • you’re probably right, i have a habit of speaking in generalities.

    • The Well Dressed Man | Aug 2, 2013 at 1:36 pm |

      More life, perhaps. But more human life?

      • Ted Heistman | Aug 2, 2013 at 2:15 pm |

        Do we need more people? I think people are one of the most bullet proof weedy species on the planet. So, its doubtful that warmer weather will kill us off.

        But even still I think the tropics heading North and South Toward the poles will increase life in general, because there is more life on the tropics. The Propagandists say everything will become desert, of which I remain skeptical.

        • The Well Dressed Man | Aug 2, 2013 at 2:27 pm |

          Disaster is a very effective, yet messy, form of population control. Sustainable planning and resource management is preferred.
          We seem to be built to “be fruitful and multiply.” Offworld expansion is the long term solution in my opinion.

          • Ted Heistman | Aug 2, 2013 at 2:43 pm |

            So what do you plan to pro-actively do about Climate Change?

            I think what is happening to you is your consent is being manufactured to be given to technofixes to control the weather. I think these will prove more disastrous than doing nothing.

            Problem. Reaction. Solution.

          • The Well Dressed Man | Aug 2, 2013 at 2:57 pm |

            Seems you’re making an assumption about my views, Ted. Are you implying that my consent to some kind of geoengineering is being manufactured? Some folks are talking about seeding the oceans with iron, or building giant orbital sky umbrellas, and I agree that this stuff could definitely backfire.

            Drastic reduction of emissions is all that I advocate, and I believe we have the tools today to continue our current lifestyle without burning coal and petroleum. There’s also tremendous potential for economic growth from this new infrastructure.

            I’m working on a degree in Mechanical Engineering with the intention of directly contributing to our sustainable energy tech. Technofixing is what makes us human.

          • Ted Heistman | Aug 2, 2013 at 3:18 pm |

            Its not personal I just think in general Climate alarmism is about manufacturing consent. Here are a few possible agendas:
            Preventing the developing world from further Industrializing and thus competing with the West for resources we want to continue to exploit for ourselves.

            Keeping people looking to The Government i.e. Military Industrial Complex for safety and Protection. This is what keeps the game rolling. The Cold War then the War on Terror, which is losing steam. The next War is Climate Change.

            I think its positive that you want to do something. I support Permaculture, reforestation and alternative fuels such as solar. I am not in favor of Ethanol and a few other schemes. I am firmly anti-nuclear.

          • The Well Dressed Man | Aug 2, 2013 at 3:32 pm |

            Ethanol seems like corn-subsidy BS at best.
            Nuclear is going to become our only option unless we implement push-pull grids sourced by solar, geo, hydro, and wind at the continental level. Sounds like a big govt. project. The Hoover Dam and US interstate system were massive engineering feats, and it’s going to be a bigger job building the new grid. This could employ enough people to save the working class.

          • Ted Heistman | Aug 2, 2013 at 3:36 pm |

            It could. Forgive me of being skeptical, of huge organizations to solve all of our problems, but I am.

          • The Well Dressed Man | Aug 2, 2013 at 3:53 pm |

            Me too. I feel like I was railroaded into the Democrat party by how crazy the Bush II Republicans were. Our current administration isn’t any better, so I recognize that I’m not immune to propaganda.

          • Ted Heistman | Aug 2, 2013 at 6:52 pm |

            Well, at least you have a positive goal. I think there are some engineering solutions. I am a big fan of Bucky Fuller. I think technology can be good as long as it empowers people and helps us live sustainably. I am just more of a grass roots type of guy.

          • I agree with you about reforestation. In fact, in my humble unscientific opinion deforestation is a (much) bigger cause of climate change than air pollution. But reforestation would probably be a (much) bigger hindrance to finance capitalism than carbon taxes, which is why the media focuses almost exclusively on CO2.

            I was going to criticize you for making Appeals to Motive regarding climate “alarmism,” but then I just invented my own conspiracy theory in my previous paragraph, so…

          • Ted Heistman | Aug 3, 2013 at 9:51 am |

            There are apparently some good reforestation programs going on in China, the Middle East and Africa:


          • The Well Dressed Man | Aug 3, 2013 at 1:10 pm |

            Problem. Hypothesis. Prediction. Testing. Analysis.


          • Ted Heistman | Aug 3, 2013 at 1:23 pm |

            Solution in search of a problem IMO:

            “In searching for a common enemy against whom we can unite, we came up
            with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water
            shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill…. All these dangers
            are caused by human intervention… The real enemy, then, is humanity

          • Ted Heistman | Aug 3, 2013 at 1:58 pm |

            See, I am not a big fan of people like Maurice Strong and all these other people with endless bios, the Rockefeller/Ford Foundation set basically. . Climate Change is their brainchild. You have to have a feel for these people and what they are about. If you have that you start to see it for what it is.

            Its the kind of thing they would come up with and basically they did. As far as it having a reality outside propaganda, I think that’s possible also, but the thing is I am skeptical of their solutions all the same.


          • The Well Dressed Man | Aug 3, 2013 at 7:33 pm |

            I appreciate your skepticism and independent thought, Ted. That’s quite a page you linked to. The usual suspects are well represented… I guess I feel better thinking that the various cons are mostly in competition, rather than working in tandem. Following the dollar does tend to suggest power is fairly well concentrated at the top though

  4. BrainofJFK | Aug 2, 2013 at 12:44 pm |

    It doesnt take much to get monkeys to kill other monkeys

    • The Well Dressed Man | Aug 2, 2013 at 1:26 pm |

      Chimps yes. Bonobos no. We tend to take after our more aggro relatives, I’m afraid.

  5. Doesn’t a slight increase in blood CO2 levels make animals more erratic? (blood CO2 of course being mildly related to atmospheric CO2)

  6. CosmicAmazing | Aug 2, 2013 at 3:45 pm |

    People need to realized that we have problems because TPTB want there to be problems and not the other way around.

  7. marshall | Aug 2, 2013 at 3:47 pm |

    on a serious note, BAH! Since when did correlating data actually make something a fact?

  8. gratiaplena | Aug 3, 2013 at 9:12 am |

    Funny, I always thought not having a father in the home is the leading indicator of violence. Stupid me.

  9. Noah_Nine | Aug 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm |

    If I learned anything from living in Death Valley, it’s that the heat makes MFers crazy….

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