High temperatures, drought, storms and famine caused by climate change have led to an increased number of suicides in India, a report has found. For every one degree Celsius of warming above 20 degrees, an average of 67 more people take their own lives. India’s average temperatures are expected to rise another 3 degrees Celsius by 2050, which would lead to hundreds of extra deaths.
Nearly 60,000 suicides over the past 30 years may be linked to climate change in India, says Tamma Carleton who conducted the research. “We may not be able to stop the world from warming, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do something to address suicide,” said Vikram Patel, an Indian psychiatrist.
Source: The Independent