“Tweets” connect hot weather with suicide by researchers spending your money
August 4, 2018
Tweets connect hot weather with suicide?
Based on an analysis of “tweets” ….
Researchers at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley predict that climate change will “likely boost suicide rates worldwide.”
The new study, published last week in the journal Nature Climate Change, “found very strong evidence that abnormally hot weather increases both suicide rates and the use of depressive language on social media,” lead author Marshall Burke told Berkeley News.
“This may be the first decisive evidence that climate change will have a substantial effect on mental health in the United States and Mexico, with tragic human costs.” Tweet This
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This, the researchers say, can be extended to form the conjecture that “unmitigated climate change” could lead to between 9,000 and 40,000 additional suicides in the United States and Mexico combined by 2050. According to the scholars, this difference is comparable to the estimated impact of economic recessions, suicide prevention programmes, or gun restriction laws.
“That’s an increase of several percentage points over rates today, which are actually rising as other causes of death decline,” UC Berkeley points out in its coverage of the study.
According to Stanford News, the team analyzed the language of more than half a billion tweets, finding that words like “lonely,” “trapped,” and “suicidal” are more prevalent when temperatures are higher, even among “rich populations” and those who “are used to warm weather.”
Firenze Sage opines: This is supported by “strong evidence” based on an analysis of tweets.
More likely the study is strong evidence of a waste of other people’s money which flows to pro global warmers.