Are Declining Sex Lives and Fertility Underexplored Costs of Climate Change?

By path2positive

A recent study by economics departments at Tulane University, the University of Central Florida and the University of California, Santa Barbara and published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, took a look at the effects of low and high temperatures and the health of infants in utero and after birth from 1931 to 2010. “We find that additional days about 80 degrees F cause a large decline in birth rates approximately eight to 10 months later,” they wrote. The implication is that climate change could worsen the "already below-replacement birth rates" in the United States. Are you a health provider who is interested in persuing the connections between climate and fertility or birth rates? Climate for Health can connect you with other leaders who are equally concerned with the impacts of climate on our populations. Michael Babad of the Globe and Mail made his own interpretation of the data in his article below, who noted that the "8 to 10 months later" finding also corresponds with sex rates. Now *this* is serious business.


Not Tonight, Dear. The Climate is Changing

The Globe and Mail

By Michael Babad I November 10, 2015

You’ve got to hand it to a group of economists for redefining “hot sex.”

I’m having a little fun here with what is actually a serious study that looked at fertility and birth rates amid “temperature shocks,” or heat waves, which the authors noted is relevant to “present-day fiscal and public-health policy.”

This recent study published by the Massachusetts-based National Bureau of Economic Research takes on added urgency given the mounting concerns over climate change.

(And how often do you get sex and fiscal policy in the same discussion? But, hey, you could take fiscal policy out of the discussion, and presumably you’d still rather have a surplus than a deficit.)

It’s a study by Alan Barreca, Melanie Guldi and Olivier Deschenes of the economics departments at Tulane University, the University of Central Florida and the University of California, Santa Barbara, respectively.

 

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