Study ties higher suicide rates to climate change

Jul 26, 2018, 7:26 AM EDT
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(Source: John O'Nolan/flickr)

According to a new study published in the journal “Nature Climate Change,” the suicide rates for a given period at a specific place go up during spells of abnormally high temperatures, a “brutal finding” that underscores the often-neglected impact of climate change on human health.

The study warns that a rise of 1 degree Celsius in average temperature for a month in the United States could drive up suicide rate by 0.7 percent, leading up to 26,000 deaths by 2050, writes The Atlantic.

The study has its own limitations as it doesn’t explain the reasons behind a positive correlation between high temperature and suicide rates but one hypothesis blames the link on the human physiological response to hot temperatures, notes CNN.