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Global warming will increase murders and rapes

Posted by Richard on February 28, 2014

It’s getting harder and harder to distinguish real news stories from stories you might see in The Onion. Global warming has already been blamed for droughts, floods, record heat, record cold, more hurricanes, fewer hurricanes, and earthquakes. Now an environmental economist has released a study, with support from Harvard, purporting to prove that global warming will lead to more murders and rapes between now and 2099:

Should global warming (or climate change, or whatever they decide to call it by then) continue, crime will increase — specifically, violent crime. By how much?

“[A]n additional 22,000 murders, 180,000 cases of rape, 1.2 million aggravated assaults, 2.3 million simple assaults, 260,000 robberies, 1.3 million burglaries, 2.2 million cases of larceny, and 580,000 cases of vehicle theft in the U.S.,” the study said.

The mind boggles.

HT: Steven Hayward (who noted “I love the precision of this forecast, which matches the faux-precision of temperature forecasts 100 years out”)

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One Response to “Global warming will increase murders and rapes”

  1. Billll said

    If the swampies have learned nothing else in the last 10 years it’s to never make predictions with delivery dates that might overlap your potential term of office. When 2014 rolls around and the Arctic isn’t completely ice free, Pope Al is going to look silly. Unless he can find a squirrel to distract everyone with.

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