Study Claims 60K Farmers Commit Suicide Because Of Global Warming

Study Claims 60K Farmers Commit Suicide Because Of Global Warming



Global warming contributed to the suicides of tens of thousands of Indian farmers during the last 30 years, according to a study published Tuesday.

An increase of just 1 degrees Celsius on an average day during the growing season was associated with 67 more suicides, according to a study from the University of California, Berkeley. The study was hashing out the sensitivity of the agricultural industry with temperature changes.

FILE PHOTO: Hundreds of environmentalists arrange their bodies to form a message of hope and peace in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, December 6, 2015, as the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) continues at Le Bourget near the French capital. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File Photo

An increase of  5 degrees Celsius was associated with another 335 deaths – all told, the study suggests that that 59,300 suicides among farm workers during the past three decades could be chalked up to climate change.

Researchers also argued that rainfall upticks of as little as half an inch each year were associated with an about a 7 percent drop in the industry’s suicide rate. Suicide rates tumbled for the two years that followed the rainfall drop, according to researcher Tamma Carleton.

One badly hit state reported more than 800 farmer suicides during the first half of 2017. More than 300,000 farmers and farm workers in the highly populated country have committed suicide in since 1995, the study notes.

Indian lawmakers are struggling to address the country’s high suicide rate. Government officials created a $1.3 billion insurance scheme to reduce crop failures, which many believe are driving up the country’s suicide rates.

Carleton told reporters that there is scant evidence to indicate Indian farmers and workers were changing how they farmed to accommodate for climate change. “Without interventions that help families adapt to a warmer climate, it’s likely we will see a rising number of lives lost to suicide as climate change worsens in India.”

India is one of the world’s top polluters and receives nearly 70 percent of its energy from coal production, a reality that has created angst among environmentalists worried about climate change. The country received more than $500 million in funding for solar panels in 2016 as a sweetener for joining the Paris climate accord.

It also got several loans last year worth $1.5 billion from international financial institutions for rooftop solar power, and got another $750 million in rooftop solar loans from the World Bank. There is a possibility that India’s concerted efforts to reduce fuel emissions will be all for naught, because recent studies show human action plays but a small part of climate change.

Research conducted earlier this year indicate that natural variation plays a role in climate change – in fact, variation in weather patterns “may be responsible for about 30–50 percent of the r overall decline in September sea ice since 1979,” according to published in Nature Climate Change.

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  • brain out
    August 5, 2017, 4:13 am

    By that fake science, then, there shouldn’t have been a disaster due to COOLING in 536-539 AD, nor the Little Ice Age from 1300-1700, which started each time, with the BLACK PLAGUE.

    Oh well. Lies like #climatechange will stay popular until enough people die.

  • Paul Puebla@brain out
    August 15, 2017, 7:03 pm

    The lie continues with the so called weather scientests trying to impress ignorant people that the “scientists” have a century of global climate change study.

    There is not just a century of global climate change study. There are billions of fact filled years that negates the lie that humans are responsible, which is propagandized by paid government shills who want every aspect of the individual controlled by a global government.

    Quotes from global warming leaders; Christine Stewart, former Canadian Environment Minister: “No matter if the science is all phony, there are collateral environmental benefits…. climate change provides the greatest chance to bring about justice and equality in the world.” Timothy Wirth, U.S. /UN functionary, former Democrat Senator: “We’ve got to ride the global-warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic policy and environmental policy.” Richard Benedik, former U.S. /UN bureaucrat: “A global climate treaty must be implemented even if there is no scientific evidence to back the greenhouse effect.”

    Craig Rucker of Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow noted in an April 4, 2015 blog: “What will shock you is that two professors not only candidly admit it, but published a paper in a peer reviewed journal touting the beneficial effects of lying for pushing nations into a UN climate treaty in Paris”.

    2015, 1973 Nobel Physics laureate Ivar Giaever rejected Obama’s 2016 claims man-made global warming is causing climate change since the world’s temperature from 1880 to 2015 has increased only .3 %.
    Earth itself is implanted with billions of years of permanent records of natural occurring climate change. What melted the Ice ages, what made the Sahara a desert?

    Pliny the elder wrote 11.5 ounces of cinnamon cost average Romans 10 months wages. Only Sri Lanka had cinnamon trees. Yellowstone Park has petrified Cinnamon trees as well as other tropical trees. Medicine Bow has petrified Redwood and palms.

    If one believes fossil fuels destroy the earth sell your car, refuse electricity, stop eating crops raised/transported using fossil fuel vehicles, etc. On my city’s electrical advisory committee visiting coal fired plants in 2006 EPA inspectors read us air quality reports saying inn U.S. Coal Fired Electical Plants “coal is almost as clean as nuclear”.

  • brain out@Paul Puebla
    August 30, 2017, 6:52 am

    DUMMY. The warming/cooling runs in 400-year CYCLES as any real scientist would notice.

    So it’s real simple:
    0-400AD or so, warmer.
    400-800 or so, colder, BUBONIC PLAGUE (of Justinian, 535-42, look up the contemporary records on how COLD it was so the plague was WORSE)
    850-1300, called ‘Medieval Warm Period’
    1300-1700, called ‘Little IceAge’, and BUBONIC PLAGUE came at its start.

    So now add 400, and YEAH IT’S WARM BECAUSE THAT’S THE CYCLE, AND IT ENDS 2100 or so.

    THEN PLAGUE. So the inane Article 3 of the stinking Paris Accord would make PLAGUE WORSE because it would be COLDER.

    In short, as usual, the kumbaya folks got everything bass ackwards.

  • Paul Puebla@brain out
    August 30, 2017, 9:48 pm

    You are correct about dthe 400 year cycle but the Little Ice Age was considered to span 1300 to 1850 with three particularly cold intervals: one beginning about 1650, another about 1770, and the last in 1850, all separated by intervals of slight warming. I know of Justinian Byzantine emperor who lived in Constantinople [now Istanbul, Turkey]), I spent 1958 and 1959 collecting intel on Muslims and alsonstudied about the area’s history. You are incorrect about calling me DUMMY as my 10 year old blonde haired blue eyed great granddaughter calls me Chief Talk-a-lot and loves to tell people she is Apache because of me. So contrary to your name for me I have been able to make sound or speak for over 79 years. I was also a Republican, almost libertarian, politician 14 years in California but came home to Wyoming when democrats took over the state. If I had wanted to talk about the 400 year cycle I would have. I agree with what you have written except for the DUMMY part. I was a research and development engineer at Bell Labs in the late 1970s and early 1980s and we had weather scientists who laughed at human caused global warming.

  • brain out@Paul Puebla
    September 19, 2017, 4:09 am

    Thank you for that update. The data I found didn’t go past 1700. Thank you, again!