August 2, 2013
Scientists in the United States insist a purported increase in war, murder, assault and rape is linked to climate change. Even domestic violence in India is related to the weather, according to the scientists.
“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,” Marshall Burke of the University of California at Berkeley told the BBC.
Here’s an excerpt from an article abstract posted on the Science website:
A rapidly growing body of research examines whether human conflict can be affected by climatic changes. Drawing from archaeology, criminology, economics, geography, history, political science, and psychology, we assemble and analyze the 60 most rigorous quantitative studies and document, for the first time, a remarkable convergence of results. We find strong causal evidence linking climatic events to human conflict across a range of spatial and temporal scales and across all major regions of the world.
Considering the grandiosity of the “research,” Mr. Burke has decided to hedge his bet. “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,” he said.
Burke also cited economic conditions for increased violence, a more reasonable conclusion, but he invariably links it to the discredited theory of manmade climate change. “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,” he said.
“There is lots of evidence that changes in economic conditions affect people’s decisions about whether or not to join a rebellion, for example.”
Bureaucrats at the United Nations and other warmists base their climate estimates on discredited data produced by the UK East Anglia Climate Research Unit. Increasingly, scientists admit manmade climate change is not only inaccurate, but a ruse. The United Kingdom’s National Weather Service, known as the Met Office, released a report in October admitting that so-called global warming came to a stop more than fifteen years ago.
“The spectacular implosion of the alleged ‘science‘ behind now-discredited global warming theories in recent years has led many experts and scientists to distance themselves from the hysteria,” writes Alex Newman. “However, some apparently oblivious politicians, even in the United States, where the public has largely become hostile to the alarmism and proposed ‘solutions,’ continue to insist that taxpayers must fund ever more expensive and grandiose schemes to stop ‘climate change.’”
The study produced by Solomon M. Hsiang, Marshall Burke, and Edward Miguel published in Science adds a new twist to the overblown climate change hysteria.