Heat the biggest factor in migration, study suggests

06/26/2014 | ScientificAmerican.com

A rise in temperatures is the biggest factor that causes people to move out of a region, more so than extreme storms, floods or other natural disasters, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers tracked more than 7,000 Indonesian households for 15 years, finding that the most significant factor in leaving an area was heat stress, distantly followed by rainfall issues. Declining crop yield due to heat was the major cause of moves, according to the study.

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