Climate Change Could Spike Violence, Deaths According To New Study

The latter years of the last decade have been a real taste of the effects that climate change can provide, with the rising carbon levels resulting in wildfires, even bigger storms, unpredictable weather phenomena and the melting of some of the world’s largest glaciers.

As we enter a new decade, however, studies are showing that the rising temperatures will start directly affecting us and would likely increase deaths from violence, road crashes, suicides and drowning, affecting young people the most. In fact, the impact of 2°

C rise in temperature is estimated to increase fatal injuries in the U.S. this year by 2,100 more cases.

Global Impact Of Climate Change On The Youth

In the past, the impact of global warming on our health has always focused on internal problems, such as heart failure, or the spread of infectious diseases like malaria. However, 10 percent of all the fatalities are due to deaths from injuries, and up until now, the impact of global warming in it hasn’t been studied all that much.

Based on data of recorded deaths from injuries in every county in the mainland U.S. between 1980 and 2017, which is published in the journal Nature Medicine, it shows that as temperatures rise, injury deaths are expected to increase in all nations. And since the world is currently on track for a 3-4°C temperature rise, the increase of cases can be higher than expected.

“Our results show how much climate change can affect young people. We need to respond to this threat with better preparedness in terms of emergency services, social support and health warnings,” Majid Ezzati, a professor at Imperial College London, said.

“There is a long history of work that shows injuries are fundamentally seasonal. Some of this is obvious – people drown more in summer. We also know that warmth influences both our physiology and our behavior.”

However, why cases of deaths from suicide and violent assault will rise along with the temperature still isn’t fully understood, though it may be because people spending more time outdoors increases the risk of confrontations.

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