What it's about:
Researchers at the Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in London have found a link between rising temperatures and criminality in Mexico.
Data analysis found that crime rates were 80 percent higher on days exceeding 32 degrees Celsius compared with any other day.
Moreover, a rise in temperature of one degree increased accusation rates by 1.3 percent.
While other factors contribute to criminality, such as alcohol consumption, committing crimes at night and the different use of spare
time by individuals at the weekend, average temperature increases also play a major role.
Why it's noteworthy:
As global climate change continues to intensify, average temperatures will likely rise.
It is important for decision-makers to understand the linear relationship between crime and heat, as this study demonstrates.
Using specific climate modelling scenarios, it is thought that accusation rates could increase as much as 3.3 percent.
Implementing policies and enhanced surveillance for especially hot days may go a long way to reducing crime in Mexico.
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