Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/02/24/climate_change_will_cause_huge_increase_in_murder_robbery_and_rape/

Climate change will 'CAUSE huge increase in MURDER, ROBBERY and RAPE'

Gee, Officer Krupke, the carbon was to blame

By Lewis Page

Posted in Science, 24th February 2014 08:31 GMT

An "environmental economist" has produced a study in which he claims that climate change this century will "cause" millions of violent crimes in the United States, over and above those that would have happened anyway.

Matthew Ranson holds a B.A. in Environmental Science and Public Policy and Economics and a PhD in Public Policy, both from Harvard university. He works at a consultancy firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has recently had published an academic paper, in which he writes:

Between 2010 and 2099, climate change will cause an 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 United States.

The study is published in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

Ranson asserts that along with other possible things that might need doing to cope with the effects of climate change - improved sea defences against rising oceans, for instance - the USA will also need to hire no less than four per cent more cops in order to cope with the carbon-powered 21st century wave of robberies, rapes, murders and twockings*.

US politicians have already separately stated that climate change also causes prostitution, and other academics have asserted that it is also responsible for war and violent conflict.

Presumably there is something bad which climate change doesn't cause, but it's getting hard to imagine what. ®

Bootnote

*From TWOC, Taking Without Owner's Consent, the likeliest charge against a car thief in Britain.