Morning Joe Guest: Climate Change Will Increase Murder Rates, Rape, and Domestic Assault
During an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, David Wallace-Wells, columnist and deputy editor for New York magazine, made the surprising claim that climate change will lead to rises in “murder rates and rape, domestic assault,” among many other things.
“There’s uncertainty in all the predictions. so they may be a little off. But we know we’re entering into an unprecedented climate and that all of the ways that that will transform how we live on this Earth, it’s an innumerable list, public health, economic growth, conflict,” he said.
“For every half a degree of warming we’re expected to see a ten to twenty percent increase in conflicts. So if we get to where we’re going by the end of the century, we could have twice as much war as we have today,” he continued. “And that conflict happens even at the individual levels, so we’ll see rises in murder rates and rape, domestic assault. It spikes the rates at which people are admitted to mental hospitals.”
He further warned how “every aspect of life on this Earth is scheduled to be transformed by climate change” and he explains more in his new book The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming.
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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