Sui­cide, cli­mate link

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

NEW DELHI: Every year thou­sands of Indian farm­ers com­mit sui­cide. Now one re­searcher thinks it may have some­thing to do with cli­mate change.

Tamma Car­leton, a re­searcher at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley, com­pared al­most five decades long of sui­cide and cli­mate data and con­cluded that tem­per­a­ture vari­a­tions in In­dia may have “a strong in­flu­ence” on sui­cide rates dur­ing the grow­ing sea­son.

In her study, Car­leton es­ti­mates that more than 59 000 farmer sui­cides over the past 30 years can be linked to global warm­ing. Wash­ing­ton Post

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