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Hotter temperatures lead to hotter tempers

The sun sets behind an iron ore bulk carrier moored at the iron ore loading facility in Port Hedland, about 1,600km north of Perth, Australia on May 30, 2008.

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A big new study says as the world gets warmer, people are more prone to get hot under the collar. Scientists found that aggressive acts like violent crimes and wars become more likely with each added degree.

The research analyzed 60 studies of such things as the historic collapses of empires, recent wars and violent crime rates in the United States. They found a common thread — extreme weather, hot or dry, means more violence.

An author of the study said that when the weather gets bad people tend to be more willing to hurt others. The team of economists even came up with a formula that predicts how much the risk of different types of violence should increase with extreme weather.

In war-torn parts of equatorial Africa, it says, every added degree Fahrenheit or so increases the chance of conflict between groups, rebellion, war and civil unrest by 11 percent to 14 percent.

(Liberty Times)







1. prone adj.

傾向於;易於 (qing3 xiang4 yu2; yi4 yu2)

例: I’ve always been prone to headaches.


2. hot under the collar idiom

發怒的;尷尬的 (fa1 nu4 de5; gan1 ga4 de5)

例: When I suggested he was mistaken he got rather hot under the collar.


3. come up with v. phr.

提出某種想法或計畫 (ti2 chu1 mou2 zhong3 xiang2 fa3 huo4 ji4 hua4)

例: She’s come up with some amazing schemes to double her income.


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