Climate change has been blamed for many things over the years. Never, until now, has anyone thought it was possible to see it as a kind of contraceptive. Hot weather leads to diminished “coital frequency," according to a new working paper put out by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Three economists studied 80 years of U.S. fertility and temperature data and found that when it’s hotter than 80 degrees F, a large decline in births follows within 10 months. Would-be parents tend not to make up for lost time in subsequent, cooler months.
'The research predicts that the threshold may be exceeded, perhaps once a decade or so, by about 2100 in places like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and along parts of the Iranian coast. So we are talking about very, very hot temperatures, yes—but not on a sustained basis.'
'It’s incredibly harmful when good research like this gets transformed into apocalyptic headlines. Climate change is bad enough—there’s no reason to exaggerate what we know about it...Journalism that exaggerates climate change does so at the risk of being counterproductive, and we just can’t afford any more setbacks at this point—we’ve already waited long enough for effective climate change action.'
'Rising global temperatures could soon push the sun-baked cities of the Persian Gulf across a threshold unknown since the start of civilization: the first to experience temperatures that are literally too hot for human survival.'
'Climate change, in the absence of significant mitigation, is likely to severely impact human habitability in the future,' the authors write in the study.
One of the most pressing concerns, education experts said, is how the country's rapidly aging school infrastructure, two-thirds of which was built in the early to mid 20th century, will stand up to more intense storms, hotter days, floods and escalating wildfires.
NBC4 NYC: “Give that we know climate change is going to make for hotter, stormier summers (and already is doing so) it doesn’t seem like a huge leap to suggest that the ongoing rise in legionellosis in the US could be at least partly due to climate change,” he wrote.
NOAA’s conflict of interest? “The problem is that the same staff responsible for creating reports and running some greenhouse models are also responsible for the databases that validate the forecasts.”