Global warming isn’t just bad for polar bears.
According to a new study cited in Mother Jones, increased temperatures will cause more violent crime. How many more?
A new study suggests the following increases in the U.S. between 2010 and 2099:
Those numbers represent only a 2 to 3 percent increase, but add up to “a lot of victims” says Matthew Ranson, the study’s author.
Any police officer will tell you more crimes are committed in summer. It’s not all temperature-related though — summer is also when younger criminals have more spare time to enrich themselves at your expense.
Ranson said most crimes increase along with temperatures, but the rate of increase for non-violent crime (car theft, burglary) levels off at about 50 degrees.
Violent crimes tend to keep increasing as the mercury rises, said Ranson. Warmer temps mean more social interactions, and some of those social interactions turn violent. Research also suggests people become more aggressive in warmer weather.
It’s an interesting theory, but there’s no guarantee global temps will continue to increase. Some argue it’s not even real.
And some experts says Ranson’s numbers are “tailor-made for a headline” instead of being “helpful or useful.”
If the relationship between increased temperature and increased crime is true, how many bootleg DVDs would be sold on a MARTA train riding on the surface of the sun?
They probably don’t make calculators big enough to figure that one out.
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