This hot weather is fuel on a fiery political climate - Generocity Philly


Aug. 30, 2016 8:52 am

This hot weather is fuel on a fiery political climate

Science tells us the world is getting warmer. It also tells us heat makes humans irritable. It's not the most conducive formula for a nation engulfed by discontent.

A hot, irritable child protester.

(Photo by Flickr user Lauren Giaccone, used under a Creative Commons license)

Philadelphia is expected to be become a much warmer and wetter place.

It’s a scientific fact made evident by the thick layer of palpable heat that has all but blanketed the city since before the Democratic National Convention.

Equally as palpable as the temperature has been the level of collective turmoil of a nation simultaneously gripped by an outlandish presidential election, shaken by endless accounts of violent shootings and altogether exhausted from arguing about it all on Facebook.

Just as science tells us the climate is changing, it also tells us heat makes people irritable and intolerant — two traits that are not conducive in a volatile political landscape.

According to a recent piece in City & State Pennsylvania, the rising temperatures aren’t exactly quelling the civil storm brewing in America. In fact, global climate change might rather be fueling the fiery state of America’s political climate.

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Temple University professor Frank Farley told the magazine warm weather is more of a “background factor” in increased civil unrest than it is causal, though he did warn that fear of violence can stifle the innovative spirit of “change agents.”

And that doesn’t sound great.


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