SIUE’s Mares and Moffett: Climate Change and Crime Connected

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The research of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Dennis Mares and Ken Moffett regarding climate change and its relation to violence has been published in Climatic Change, the foremost climate change specific journal. Their results show a roughly six percent worldwide increase in homicides for each degree Celsius warming.

...climate change may acutely increase violence in areas that already are affected by higher levels of homicides and other social dislocation.

The research of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Dennis Mares and Ken Moffett regarding climate change and its relation to violence has been published in Climatic Change, the foremost climate change specific journal.

Their results show a roughly six percent worldwide increase in homicides for each degree Celsius warming. Their results also indicate poorer nations (especially in Africa, a nearly 18 percent increase) may get hit especially hard with increases in interpersonal violence whereas those increases are nominal in developed industrial nations.

“Such variation indicates that climate change may acutely increase violence in areas that already are affected by higher levels of homicides and other social dislocations,” Mares said.

Mares is an associate professor of sociology and criminal justice studies, and Moffett is an associate professor of political science in SIUE’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Central to SIUE’s exceptional and comprehensive education, the College of Arts and Sciences has 19 departments and 85 areas of study. More than 300 full-time faculty/instructors deliver classes to more than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Faculty help students explore diverse ideas and experiences, while learning to think and live as fulfilled, productive members of the global community. Study abroad, service learning, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities better prepare SIUE students not only to succeed in our region's workplaces, but also to become valuable leaders who make important contributions to our communities.

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