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Climate Change and Crime Written by Dr. Gary Potter Climate change is one of those issues Americans have a hard time getting a grip on.
And more importantly, it requires that we actually do something that might impinge on our pathological need for useless and destructive consumption. How are we Americans to demonstrate the value of our lives without the biggest cars and trucks, the newest electronic devices, the most massive televisions and a fleet of ATVs ready to tear up the countryside?
But now we have a new concern about climate change. Two natural antagonists, academic researchers and the U. Climate change will have a profound impact on crime. As the climate changes and the earth warms destructive and disorganizing social changes will inevitably occur.
Natural disasters will disrupt communities.
Corporate environmental disasters like the recent nuclear plant failure in Japan will become more common. And some of us will begin to ask whether ecological genocide is a form of corporate crime. As greenhouse gas emissions increase, sea levels are rising, average global temperatures are increasing, and severe weather patterns are accelerating.
Rising sea levels threaten the food supply in coastal regions of countries like India and Bangladesh. This will cause massive problems and refuges seek to relocate. In parts of the world organized violence is already occurring over water rights. As the Nile and major rivers in India dry up, not to mention Lake Mead in Nevada and the rest of Colorado River system, that violence will intensify.
The DOD report warns that all of these impacts become force multipliers with particular relevance to terrorism: For years criminologists have noted the obvious connection between climate, seasons, temperatures and crime.
The implications are obvious.
In the summer, when temperatures are high there is an increase in violent crimes. While these connections are tenuous and not terribly enlightening they begin to take a different form when considered in the light of climate change occurring over decades. While mathematical modeling is imprecise, the prediction of trends using this technique is relatively reliable.
Research looking at a year panel of crime and weather data for U. In particular it shows that temperature has a strong positive effect on criminal behavior. Using the data from the last thirty years to assess the impact of climate change produces a chilling estimate.
In the United States alone, climate change over the next 90 years will cause an additional 22, murders,cases of rape, 1.
That may be something to worry about.
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