Climate change may be partially responsible for an increase in crime during the summer says an article by The Atlantic Cities. The brutal summer heat of 2012 in the midwest, specifically in Chicago in this case, is well-documented. The drought was one of the worst in decades, the heat was unbearable and lingering, and tensions ran a little bit higher because of it.
In Chicago, the long-known correlation repeated itself; when temperatures go up, crime follows it. According to the article:
“…if global temperatures rise between now and 2099 by about 5 degrees Fahrenheit, as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has predicted, that could result over the next 90 years in an additional 30,000 murders in America.”
Professionals in law enforcement agree whole-heartedly. A lot of this information came from the FBI. The FBI is one of the most prominent employers of forensic psychologists who also agree that this trend is alarming.
There is a lot of anecdotal evidence to go along with the statistical evidence provided above. The increasing temperatures will definitely put a strain on law enforcement including police officers, forensics, animal control, and many others.
As I wrote in another article, crime scene investigators job is becoming a bit more difficult as well. Throw in an increase in crime, and the situation could really get ugly. Another article by nwf.org repeats, in an interesting way, the same type of trend. It states that:
Because extreme weather events and disasters will be more severe and more frequent, the U. S. will see a rise in illnesses like depressive and anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress, substance abuse, suicide and violence.
While we can’t all agree on whether or not climate change is taking place, we can certainly agree that the results of climate change, i.e. global warming, will be catastrophic. If there is even a slight chance it may happen, I think we definitely want to error on the side of caution and begin to take action now. Precautionary measures put into place now could help save these negative consequences from taking affect going forward.
As scientist increasingly link natural disasters to global warming, the world becomes more and more unstable. From Katrina to the most recent typhoon in the Philipines, natural disasters bread lawlessness. They bring out the worst in humankind as people struggle to survive. If we don’t attempt to do something to curb climate change, we are in essence contributing to these horrific scenes we are witnessing as of late.