Sept. 12 News: Do Heat Waves Make Crime Waves Worse?

It’s possible that climate change could in the years to come make our hot, violent summers even worse on both fronts. A fascinating new academic paper statistically spells out just what this might look like. [Atlantic]

The amount of carbon dioxide emitted from energy production declined in the U.S. in 2011 — the third time in four years and the fourth time in the last six years that has happened, the Energy Department said Tuesday. [Los Angeles Times]

As global warming nudges average temperatures upward across the planet and causes tumultuous, grape-damaging weather changes, winemakers in Oregon are wondering just how their superstar grape will fare — if at all. [NPR]

The lack of natural nectar — and the resulting decrease in honey production — has put many beekeepers in a sticky spot going into the winter. [Deseret News]

Strong winds and dry fuels caused the Pole Creek Fire in the Three Sisters Wilderness to almost triple in size Monday, with approximately 300 firefighters now battling the 4,300-acre blaze. [Register Guard]

The biggest estimated money losses due to the drought are in sugarcane, one of Louisiana’s biggest crops. About 380,000 acres — 90 percent of the total planted — were damaged. Although the estimated percentage loss from pre-storm value was 7 percent, that works out to nearly $60 million. [Associated Press]

Large chain stores, more than any other type of business, rely on rooftop solar power to help meet their energy needs, according to a report to be released Wednesday by the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Vote Solar Initiative, an advocacy group. [New York Times]

Climate activists protesting at Shell’s drilling in the Arctic blockaded an entrance to the company’s London headquarters on Tuesday morning by building a pyramid of ice blocks. [Guardian]

Japan’s subsidies for renewable power suppliers have sparked more than $2 billion of investment since they were launched two months ago, as companies and homeowners try to profit from an anti-nuclear energy policy after last year’s Fukushima crisis. [Reuters]

9 Responses to Sept. 12 News: Do Heat Waves Make Crime Waves Worse?

  1. Chris says:

    Having lived in Chicago, I can tell you there is a definite correlation between temp and murders. Many in the poorer neighborhoods don’t have air conditioning, this leads to more outside time, they get grumpy and start shooting. You don’t have this in winter nearly as much.

  2. Rabid Doomsayer says:

    Big surprise; it is just not as much fun making trouble in the cold and the wet. Hot night, skin full of beer and trouble comes almost as a matter of course.

  3. Paul Klinkman says:

    Here’s tomorrow’s headline:

    Radium has a half-life of 1600 years, so watch out where they put the fracking waste and where they dump it at midnight.

  4. Spike says:

    Professor Kevin Anderson and Doctor Alice Bows have a new paper behind the Nature paywall reviewed here, with a link to an interview with Anderson:

  5. Paul Magnus says:

    We are addicted and we just cant get off it.

    Climate Portals shared a link.

    Europe considers suspending airline emissions charge
    Officials stress the need to avert a trade war with major economic powers such as China and the United States

  6. Mike Roddy says:

    Remember that scene in Body Heat, when the sweating cops talked about how Floridians start to crack up in July? Heat and humidity makes people cranky. That’s another reason why the future is looking so scary.

  7. Joan Savage says:

    Correction needed –

    The Louisiana sugarcane loss was from Hurricane Isaac, not from the drought.

  8. Chris says:

    On the bright side you can just look for the eerie green glow in the middle of the night!

  9. David B. Benson says:

    Good article in today’s TNYT about solar PV on big box store roofs.