Stanford University: Climate Change Increasing Suicide Rates

Researchers at Stanford University have recently concluded that climate change greatly affects our moods, even linking the rise in temperatures to a rise in suicide rates. 

The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change and led by Marshall Burke, assistant professor in the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford University, found that a temperature increase of one degree Celsius corresponds to a 0.7 percent increase of suicides in the U.S. and 2.1 percent increase in Mexico.

As the climate continues to get warmer and more heatwaves continually break temperature records, the researchers estimate that between 9,000 and 40,000 additional suicides will take place in the U.S. and Mexico by 2050.

The researchers also observed around 600 million social media updates during warmer months and saw an "uptick in depressive language."

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