Climate Change May Heat Up Crime

    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 06: Police investigate a crime scene where seven people were shot on July 6, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Two days earlier and half of a block away Steve Mabins, 21, was shot and killed on his way to an Independence Day party. More than 60 people have been shot in Chicago since Wednesday, at least nine fatally.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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    Cool heads isn’t just an expression. People actually tend to commit more crimes when the temperatures are higher, which led a research firm to conclude that rising global temperatures could cause an increase in violent crimes over the next century. According to a study published in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, climate change could lead to an additional 22,000 murders, a 2.2 percent increase; 180,000 more cases of rape; a 3.1 percent increase; and an extra 1.2 million aggravated assaults, a 2.3 percent increase. The social costs of these increases would be roughly $38 billion to $115 billion.

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