This article discusses a study that shows that warmer winters are linked to higher crime rates. Trend in US regions where once-brutal winters are now mild raises new concerns over climate change.
Warmer winters are linked to increased crime rates in parts of the United States, a new study has found.
Researchers found that violent crime is almost always more prevalent when temperatures are warmer in the winter months. The trend was especially strong when winters were mild in regions that usually have fierce winters, like the north-east and midwest.
The study has implications for how America reacts to climate change as the promise of a warming climate could therefore lead to rising crime levels.
Researchers compared crime and climate data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, covering 16,000 cities across the north-east, south-east, south central, west and midwest regions for the study published in GeoHealth.