You Can Now Blame Your Dry Spell On Global Warming
If you just haven’t been feeling “it” lately and can’t seem to figure out why, know that there’s a perfectly plausible explanation for your mini drought: global warming.
Kid you not; a new working paper released by the National Bureau of Economic Research says that hot weather leads to a decrease in “coital frequency.” Findings were based on information collected by three economists who studied 80 years of U.S. fertility and temperature data, Bloomberg Business reports.
Essentially, whenever the weather was warmer than 80 degrees researchers noticed a dip in births the following 10 months. “Extra hot” days resulted in a 0.4 percent decline in birth rates nine months later. In other words, would-be-parents don’t really want to get busy when it’s hot outside. Of course, you’re probably wondering why we’re talking about this in November; however, thanks to global warming, many geographical areas that typically experience low temperatures during the fall and winter months have had an interestingly warm fall so far.
Findings from this study left researchers concerned for two reasons:
1.Birth rates have not been proven to bounce back completely once heat waves are over, which could mean lower birth rates for developed countries.
“The decline in birth rates is a very serious issue for countries, like the United States and the UK, which have below-replacement birth rates,” said Alan Barreca from Tulane University, an author of the report.
2. Increased conception in the fall means more summer deliveries, and infants experience poor health at higher rates during this time, “though the reasons for worse health in the summer are not well-established,” the author of the study shared.
Thankfully, researchers say that air conditioning systems may prove to be the solution to this problem.