Image and text courtesy of Federico Borella from the series Five Degrees.
“Could the dramatic increase of Indian farmers who decided to take their own lives be closely connected to climate change and rise in temperatures? According to research from the University of California, after analyzing the climate data from the last 47 years and comparing it with the number of farmer suicides in the same period, the research concluded that changes in temperatures have played a role in the decision of thousands of farmers. A single degree increase would correspond to 67 suicides, while a five-degree increase would result in over 335 suicides. It is estimated that a total of 59,300 farmer suicides over the last 30 years are attributable to global warming and climate change. This story is focused on Tamil Nadu state, that even though facing the worst drought in 140 years, did not report such a high number of suicides among farmers, at least not for the last two years”.
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