from the stabbed-in-the-back dept.
"Crime rates could be affected by climate change, according to economist Matthew Ranson quoted in a New Scientist article. Criminologists note that warm days see more offences, and Ranson used FBI crime data along with weather records to estimate the potential impact of increased temperatures on crime figures. His model estimates a rise in crime rates of between 0.5 and 3.1 percent if the world warms by 2.8 degrees by 2100. This would equate to an extra 22,000 murders in the US by that time.
Other researches think offending rates will fall when it is simply to hot to go out."