Scientists correlate rising U.S. and Mexico suicide rates to climate change’ increasing temperature. Researchers have linked warming temperatures with higher rates of suicides.
A new study suggests Monday that if climate change continues uncontrolled, escalating temperatures could lead more suicides in U.S. and Mexico by 2050.
This new study highlighting the link between warm weather and increased suicides can be read in Nature Climate Change, a peer-reviewed British journal.
Researchers at Stanford University in California examined public health data of on suicides in the US and Mexico. They found that a temperature increase of just 1°C corresponds to a 0.7 percent rise of suicides in the U.S. and 2.1 percent increase in Mexico.
“The thousands of additional suicides that are likely to occur as a result of unmitigated climate change are not just a number, they represent tragic losses for families across the country,” notes lead author Marshall Burke of Stanford University.
Their research discovered that 9,000 to 44,000 additional suicides will take place due to a warming climate and temperatures across the U.S. and Mexico by 2050.
In the U.S., suicide accounted for 45,000 deaths a year and it’s the 10th-leading cause of death. Since 1999, the suicide rates have risen nearly 30% in the U.S, according to a report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Suicide is one of the leading causes of death globally, and suicide rates in the U.S. have risen dramatically over the last 15 years,” Burke said. “So better understanding the causes of suicide is a public health priority.”