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Correlation between global heating & suicides in India - alexander - Tue, 01 Aug 2017 13:20:57 +0000

Thought this was interesting: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/31/suicides-of-nearly-60000-indian-farmers-linked-to-climate-change-study-claims

«Rising temperatures and the resultant stress on India’s agricultural sector may have contributed to increase in suicides over the past 30 years, research shows.»

«[A]n increase of just 1C on an average day during the growing season was associated with 67 more suicides, [and an] increase of 5C on any one day was associated with an additional 335 deaths.»

Note that «[t]he true suicide rate was probably higher, she added, because deaths are generally underreported in India and, until 2014, suicide was considered a criminal offence, discouraging honest reports.»