25 Jul The Impact of a Hotter Climate
Not too keen on the hot weather or loving the summer sunshine? A recent piece of research by Princeton University focused on the connection between weather and violence in various parts of the world from about 10,000 BCE to the present day. They found that while climate is not the sole or primary cause of violence, it undeniably exacerbates existing social and interpersonal tension in all societies, regardless of wealth or stability.
We think that by collecting all the research together now, we’re pretty clearly establishing that there is a causal relationship between the climate and human conflict.People have been sceptical up to now of an individual study here or there. But considering the body of work together, we can now show that these patterns are extremely general. It’s more of the rule than the exception.
The researchers were also able to show that, even on a personal level, heat makes people more aggressive! The researchers found that personal violence was far more influenced by a leap in temperature. For example, a 1994 study found that two groups of police officers undergoing the exact same simulation training were more likely to draw their weapons if the room was uncomfortably warm.
On a more peaceful note, why not check out these lovely photos of heatwaves in the UK dating back to 1911.