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One Change Leading to Another: Climate Change and Human Behaviour

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Chilly winds, sweaty summers, irritating humidity of monsoon, all of these are different climates; or you can say weathers.

Most of you must have read about topics that quotes ‘How climate change is affecting the health of humans’ but I am not going to talk about the same and stale topic.

Recently I came across an article which was talking about ‘How climate change affects human behaviour’ and it was quite fascinating.

It stated how a person behaves with the change in climate, for instance in a cooler climate is more vigorous, more aggressive, more persistent, stronger physically, larger, braver in battle, healthier, and less prone to sexual indulgence.

I do not agree. Yes, they are strong, resilient, brave, tough, and healthier. But what is missing is a correlation between the pace of climate change and human plus societal evolution. On the other hand, warm climates tend to make a person more timid, smaller, physically weaker and less courageous but more inclined to physical pleasures, more effeminate, lazier and less aggressive.

Also, when I went through the history I read books stating, people of cooler climate treasured liberty, were averse to slavery, and built democratic societies. Whereas warmer climates, it was noticed, were conducive to the more reflective pursuits, the birth rate was much higher in the colder regions even though there were more women, comparatively in the warm countries, and the warmer were considered to be much more emotionally dependable and stable. If we think of places where +1 or +2C over the last hundred years then how people are coping with that change.

About a hundred years ago, in Oslo which stands on a few islands that get frozen in cold winters, shops were spread remotely. Also, there is a funny instance from history – a man sent his wife to a shop with a note: ‘Ice is too thin and I don’t want to risk giving money to my wife in case she falls through the ice. Please provide supply and I will pay when the ice will get thicker.’

I’m not simply discussing the decisions we’ll need to make in light of environmental change, as higher paces of relocation as water levels rise and different
spots become unviable for human home; I mean the manners by which we respond to each other, our surroundings, and our own psychological strategies.

Different species have just been seen to change the manner in which they act because of the environmental change. A few fowls, for example, are changing the manner in which they pick their accomplices, which is an intriguing idea: are people liable to move what they find alluring as the globe warms? There’s no indication of that right now; however, there are sure manners by which human conduct is by all accounts influenced by environmental change, and they’re extremely fascinating.

The examination discovered everything from ascends in present-day attacks to the breakdown of old domains by means of debilitating wars attached to shifts in the atmosphere towards more blazing periods.

A few researchers contest that all the investigation’s contentions have anything to do with the atmosphere; however, it’s an intriguing point of view. Some portion of this is likely down to the weights of expanded temperature on assets and the appended issues for developments, yet a piece of it likewise is by all accounts that we’re more forceful as animals when we’re overheated.

Studies have demonstrated that the more awkwardly hot the temperature, the more probable urban communities are to encounter spikes in close to home attacks and hostility. People, it appears, react inadequately to warm all in all.

I enjoy going through history and journals nowadays, as you discover new facts and theories every day. This was one piece from my recent studies and will come up with more interesting and fresh topics or maybe even some controversial ones. So stay connected with me and get to learn compelling tales.

Professor Nabhit Kapur is the founder of Peacful Mind Foundation. You can connect with him on Twitter @nabhit_kapur.

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