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Rick Moran


August 2, 2013 - 4:10 pm

Well thank God they’ve stopped blaming TV and movies.


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.
Biological root?

Mr Burke said: “We want to be careful, you don’t want to attribute any single event to climate in particular, but there are some really interesting results.”

The researchers say they are now trying to understand why this causal relationship exists.

“The literature offers a couple of different hints,” explained Mr Burke.

“One of the main mechanisms that seems to be at play is changes in economic conditions. We know that climate affects economic conditions around the world, particularly agrarian parts of the world.

“There is lots of evidence that changes in economic conditions affect people’s decisions about whether or not to join a rebellion, for example.”

But he said there could also be a physiological basis, because some studies suggest that heat causes people to be prone to aggression.

“It is a major priority for future research to distinguish between what is going on in each particular situation.”

The scientists say that with the current projected levels of climate change the world is likely to become a more violent place.

Anyone who lives in Chicago during the summer knows well the correlation between heat and violent behavior. You could probably say the same thing about any big city in the western world.

But you just knew they were going to get around to this eventually in order to try and validate global warming theory. All the great plagues of mankind — war, pestilence, disease — have now been linked to global warming.

Next thing you know, they’ll be predicting fire and brimstone hurtling down from the sky to destroy our cities, so repent now and support a carbon tax.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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So What?

They're looking at short-term, minor climate changes and there's not a thing which can be done about things like that, except try to predict them.
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Really? I don't recall it being any warmer when the Watts riots went down in LA. In fact, all during the violent '60s "burn baby burn" inner city riots global cooling an getting prepared for the next ice age was the watch word. I had no idea the Kent State shootings of students by the National Guard was stimulated by climate change rather than the availability of assault weapons and high capacity magazines. No wonder the Pentagon is worried and all those civilian federal departments now have well armed swat units to enforce the proper planting of corn seeds and sheep husbandry.
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These people never stop! Hasn't anyone listed the dangers inherent in cold weather: pneumonia, flu and general vulneraility to disease in cold weather resulting in higher mortality as well as loss of productivity. Heart attacks from shoveling snow, fatal slips on ice and automobile fatalities on icy roads, old people freezing to death in unheated apartments. Increased fuel consumption, blizzards shutting down airports, construction jobs delayed, roads breaking up, ice jams, etc, etc. Why is Florida so popular and the Carribbean a dream of paradise? I love global warming, if it is even happening.
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Of course there is no correlation between unchecked Islamic extremism, high unemployment, drugs, the deterioration of the family unit, and the advance of progressive policies to that have led to increased violence.

It's climate change, the gift that keeps on giving.
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