Abrupt Link Between Hotter Temperature and Suicidal Rates

Global warming to increase US suicides

Global warming to increase US suicides

The study said that hot temperature is not only the factor which is linked to suicide. Hence, till the time the researchers actually are able to determine the link between suicide and rising temperatures, the only solution to this issue is to try and take measures to prevent global warming and stop the rapid warming of the planet.

The researchers concluded that temperature increases could lead to a 1.4 percent increase in suicides in the United States and a 2.3 percent increase in Mexico by 2050. Most areas from the US, Mexico, Western Europe, Northern Europe, China, and even Japan are experiencing temperatures significantly higher than usual.

Marshall Burke (Burke Marshall) from Stanford University and his colleagues compared data on the number of suicides by County of the United States in the years 1968-2004 with data on daily and monthly air temperature in these districts.

The study indeed shows that climate change will have widespread impact on human well being and health.

Presently, an earth shattering new investigation has discovered an irritating connection between climate change, outrageous temperatures and suicide.

Suicide is one of the top 10 -15 causes of death globally and not many studies have linked suicide to changing climate. "But the thousands of additional suicides that are likely to occur as a result of unmitigated climate change are not just a number, they represent tragic losses for families across the country", said Burke, assistant professor of Earth system science in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences at Stanford. "Now we have evidence that high temperatures affect the human desire to break not only others, but also their lives", said Solomon Hsiang (Solomon Hsiang) from the University of California at Berkeley (USA).

In the study, the researchers looked at suicide rates throughout thousands of USA counties and Mexican municipalities.

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Suicide rates rose in almost every USA state from 1999 to 2016, with the rate spiking by more than 30% in half of the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in June.

Globally, there are nearly 800,000 deaths from suicide each year, according to the World Health Organization.

The past three years were the hottest on record, the United Nations' World Meteorological Organisation said in March.

For the new study, the research team analyzed decades' worth of data regarding temperature and suicides across thousands of counties and municipalities in the USA and Mexico.

Almost 45,000 people committed suicide in 2016, making it one of the three leading causes of death on the rise in the United States, along with Alzheimer's disease and drug overdoses.

In addition, the researchers analyzed 622,7 million tweets with a specified geolocation, collected in 2014-2015, and found that at higher temperatures users were slightly more likely to use keywords which scientists have labelled as depressed. Burke added, "That to us suggests at least there's a plausible biological link between temperature, thermal regulation and how the brain regulates its own emotion". "It has to be unlike anything we've seen over the past half-century in the United States".

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