US scientists have revealed that small climatic changes like rise in temperature or rainfall can result in assaults, rapes and murders, as well as group conflicts and even war. They say that current projected levels of climate change can make the world a more violent place.
According to Marshall Burke, from the University of California, this correlation between climatic change and violence are viewed across time and across all major continents around the world. The researchers collected data from around the world, with data spanning hundreds of years.
Their notes have been justified by some incidents. The examples they give are an increase in domestic violence in India during the recent droughts, and increase in rapes, murders, assaults during heat waves in the US.
The report also suggests rising temperatures correlated with larger conflicts like that happened in Europe and civil wars in Africa.
Burke also said that the heat could take its toll on man and make him prone to aggression.
The report also suggests rising temperatures correlated with larger conflicts, including ethnic clashes in Europe and civil wars in Africa.
The study forecasts that a 2C (3.6F) rise in global temperature could increase personal criminal activities by 15% and group conflicts to spike by more than 50% in some regions.
Some interesting facts said are the hot and dry weather causes urban violence, whereas the people in cooler and wetter premises prefer to stay indoors, thus criminal activities are diminished. However, some researchers have questioned these new findings.
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