Is Global Warming Making Us Less Horny? One Study Says Yes

Is Global Warming Making Us Less Horny? One Study Says Yes

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For the love of God, no one tell Al Gore.

There have been a myriad of political, environmental, and socio-economical problems pinned on climate change in recent years -- from the obvious effects like global warming and species extinction to the more long term ones like polluted air effects on our health and a potential malnutrition crisis.

But among the devastating effects that climate change has wrought, there might be one unforeseen consequence that finally stirs each and every last one of us to action: Sex, and specifically, a lack thereof.

Yes, according to a new study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research, the increasingly warm weather caused by global warming is leading to a lowering of "coital frequency," as they define it.

The study included three economists from Tulane University, the University of California Santa Barbara, and the University of Central Florida and used a dataset of birth rates and temperature records in the US spanning from 1930 to 2010. They ultimately found a significant decline in the birthrate in the 10 months that followed a month when the temperature was hotter than 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

global warming sex graph

Gizmodo offers a breakdown of the data.

Eight months after a heat spike, birth rates had decreased by .06 percent. Nine months after, it was a much larger .39 percent decrease, or about 1,165 fewer births. Ten months later, the number goes back down to .21 percent fewer births. Fascinatingly, they also describe a "rebound effect," where 11 to 13 months after a heat spike they saw a marked increase in births-as though people had until cooler weather to conceive, whether cognizant of it or not."

"What they found-and keep in mind, as a working paper, this data hasn't yet been peer-reviewed-was a predicted 2.6 percent decline in births in the future-put in birth terms, 107,000 fewer births. Broken down by region, the Northeast will be the most affected with a 3.2 percent decrease, followed by the Midwest at 2.8 percent, and the South by 2.8 percent.

Also mentioned in Gizmodo's write-up is the fact that these numbers fail to take into account several x-factors, like human adaptation to the increasing heat (be it with air conditioners or otherwise) or the potential of "a large-scale migration." Overall though, the study finds that babies "will be at risk for low birth weight and other health effects" if temperatures continue to rise at the current rate.

Perhaps it's time for An Inconvenient Truth 2: Global *Relations* to spread the word?

Source: Gizmodo

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It's like they're idiots. Look, the problem is fairly simple. Heat doesn't cause less sex, and these people should be educated enough on that. What the heat causes is an increase in premature births, and miscarriages of males. Its like they failed to even lookup the most basic information of what they were studying in favor of a sensational sounding study.

With article after article tying everything to climate change, I'm reminded of Bible-thumping religious folks who blame everything from stubbing their toe to being struck by lightning as being the work of the Devil. What's next? Climate change causes drug use? Climate change causes your cat to have more hairballs? If I ever get in trouble for something, I'm just going to blame climate change, works for everything else.

Oh and as for the silly little study that was conducted, it makes no sense. If a hotter climate decreased the sex drives of people, then how come Africa, the Middle East, and South America have much higher population replenish rates than America does?

Correlation does not indicate causation, fellas. I can't believe someone got paid to come up with such a tenuous link.

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Really? Cause nothing gets me off quite like Global Warming.

Have you ever tried shagging on a really hot day (or in a very hot country)? It isn't as pleasant. But it's nice that someone decided to try and use birth rates to tell us that. Baby collateral.
Though, as an anti-heat lover (don't laugh), perhaps i am biased. Ask Yahtzee...he likes heat, allegedly.

OK, I may not be environmental studies buff, so I may be wrong, but aren't Africa and Asia, which are rather warm, overpopulated?

Mister K:
OK, I may not be environmental studies buff, so I may be wrong, but aren't Africa and Asia, which are rather warm, overpopulated?

Actually its rather dry here more than anything. I recently had a trip to Europe where people kept thinking that my nation of origin somehow made impermeable to heat, when this is not the case. Much of the time a lack of moisture in the atmosphere goes a long way to tempering the relative heat experienced here in southern Africa (I cant speak of central Africa) and from what I can tell the majority of what tourists complain about when they come here isn't the heat rather the dry air... its all relative I suppose

AGH! Global warming make my wee-wee no work!

In all seriousness this seems a bit of a stretch. Though I suppose extreme heat can be a bit of a mood killer.

Bke:

Mister K:
OK, I may not be environmental studies buff, so I may be wrong, but aren't Africa and Asia, which are rather warm, overpopulated?

Actually its rather dry here more than anything. I recently had a trip to Europe where people kept thinking that my nation of origin somehow made impermeable to heat, when this is not the case. Much of the time a lack of moisture in the atmosphere goes a long way to tempering the relative heat experienced here in southern Africa (I cant speak of central Africa) and from what I can tell the majority of what tourists complain about when they come here isn't the heat rather the dry air... its all relative I suppose

Well, live for 100 years, learn for 100 years, I suppose.

Bke:

Mister K:
OK, I may not be environmental studies buff, so I may be wrong, but aren't Africa and Asia, which are rather warm, overpopulated?

Actually its rather dry here more than anything. I recently had a trip to Europe where people kept thinking that my nation of origin somehow made impermeable to heat, when this is not the case. Much of the time a lack of moisture in the atmosphere goes a long way to tempering the relative heat experienced here in southern Africa (I cant speak of central Africa) and from what I can tell the majority of what tourists complain about when they come here isn't the heat rather the dry air... its all relative I suppose

Well, parts of Africa may be very dry, but plenty of areas in India and southeast Asia manage to be both hot and very moist, and yet they're stuffed with people. Of course, an argument could be made that these people are used to the climate and so it doesn't affect them (unless it gets even hotter there as well, of course) or their sexual schedules. I can't claim I'm an expert on the matter, but I know I don't feel like doing much of anything when it's extremely hot.

Also, everyone should keep in mind that these decreases are fairly small (0.39% after 9 months is the most)[1] so it's not like people stop boning entirely. Just a very small amount, which doesn't seem unreasonable during a heat wave.

[1] Well actually, the graph shows a measurement of approx. -0.44% with a confidence interval from -0.39% to -0.49%, presumably with a significance level of 95%.

i know global warming hasn't effected my horniness

Meh, even assuming the study is completely correct, doesn't sound like a big deal.

You'll hear a lot of talk about how natural selection doesn't really apply to humans anymore, or at least try to speculate on how the outcome it less obvious then the old fashioned 'too slow, get eaten' perspective.

But this? An environmental factor that actually has a measurable impact on birthrates? No big deal, just give it a while we'll have new generations more inclined or more capable of reproducing in the heat.

Eh, maybe these economists want funding for a long term study.

Holy shit.. of all the specious... Wow... just wow.

It can't possibly have anything to do with overall decline in birthrates to much healthier levels that comes with in increase in wealth, healthcare, and education (as seen on the entire planet, not just the US). No, it has to be climate change, that is the only plausible reason for it.

medv4380:
It's like they're idiots. Look, the problem is fairly simple. Heat doesn't cause less sex, and these people should be educated enough on that. What the heat causes is an increase in premature births, and miscarriages of males. Its like they failed to even lookup the most basic information of what they were studying in favor of a sensational sounding study.

Months where temps are greater than 80 degrees. why that would be, gasp the summer months, you know when people are more outdoors. Kinda like reverse blizzard babies. It's not that cold weather makes us horny is that when you're snowed in for 2 days there's not exactly much to do.

Secondly this Looks at the US. Now it's a well known fact that first world countries suffer a decline in birth rates, mostly due to increased education about reproductive health, greater reproductive freedoms, greater access to irth control and other family planning tools and most importantly, more entertainment alternatives.

Yeah even among first world countries you ever notice that great the income strata the lower the births per family. Again, busy people and people that can afford many other avenues of entertainment.

Live some where without electricity and you quickly find there are very few forms of entertainment after 7 that don't involve booze and music, and that will invariablylead to I high percentage of sex... and even for the shut ins. Look you're at home in the dark, she's there next to you, you're both kinda bored... meh.

The US is simply undergoing the same thing most other affluent first world countries are going through. Between the stress and the llong work ours required to meet the cost of living... well.. who has the energy for screwing.

I'm honestly dumbfounded that anyone funded this.

I had a lot of questions just from the article. Now I just have more. I'm confused, angry, sad, and more than a little bit disappointed this even happened.

Someone forgot to science when they scienced.

Or decreasing birth rates could be part of the generally studied social trend that as countries become more developed, birth rates decline. By "developed" I mean less of a reliance on manual labor jobs and better health care/social care, which mitigate the idea that a couple needs children to watch after and provide for them in their old age.
Or, as the first response said, genitals and reproductive cells tend to behave better at very specific heat ranges, and fertilization at the more extreme ranges becomes more difficult.
There's also the element of in hotter months, people might not want to be directly next to each other, while in colder months snowfall can make travel more difficult which leads to people finding activities to stay warm and occupied.

Interesting, i would have expected the opposite given that during the hot periods people tend to, you know, dress more sexily. There is a reason we call Spring the horny season. then agian maybe thats only a thing in the cold countries where summer is the only period people arent under multiple layers of clothes all the time.

No, see, that's backwards. You take COLD showers to remove that feeling. I guess none of these people had ever studied the stiffy before. Me neither, but I thought this was commonly known stuff.

Let me assure you, I study this topic nearly every day - sometimes two or three times a day. My findings are in complete opposition to the studies, overall libidinous behaviors are not decreasing in my testing sample.

Covarr:
Correlation does not indicate causation, fellas.

The official, scientific response to this claim is as follows:
*plugs ears* LALALALALALA I CAN'T HEAR YOU LALALALALALALALA!

I can't believe someone got paid to come up with such a tenuous link.

Almost every study these days is used to support someone's agenda in some way. Simply follow the grant money to find who paid for this study and you'll get why the study reached the conclusion it did. For $500K, I'd happily tell you that the reason your shoes become untied is due to global warming, the reason they forgot mustard on your hamburger is because of global warming, and the reason you lost the last three matches in your favorite game is due to global warming too!

I guess it must be true. I mean it is science.

Everyone knows that the closer a country gets to the equator the more frigid the people get...

Seriously, I cannot believe people could say with a straight face that 0.5c of extra temperature is going to decrease humans having sex. Maybe -30c, from frostbite.

Leon Royce:

Seriously, I cannot believe people could say with a straight face that 0.5c of extra temperature is going to decrease humans having sex. Maybe -30c, from frostbite.

Western societies are off the Malthusian threadmill, this in theory makes our population numbers sensitive to even small changes in birth rate in the long run. If we didn't have massive immigration, but we do, so it doesn't matter jack.

Who knows, maybe the incoming cultures can put us back on the threadmill.

My guess would be that the increased heat caused reduced sperm production and lower motility. Which means even if you get it on, the male would be less likely to impregnate the female.

The "science" here is silly. Lower birth rate doesn't mean less sex. According to this "study", if all men got vasectomies at the age of 30, it would mean that men over 30 don't have sex.

 

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