Claim: Climate Causes More Young Girls to be Raped

Woman with child in the street of Antigua, Guatemala.
Woman with child in the street of Antigua, Guatemala. By Pedro Szekely from Los Angeles, USA (Woman and Child, Antigua, Guatemala) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Guest essay by Eric Worrall

According to Reuters, in Guatemala, young girls don’t get raped because they are stalked by filthy perverts, who are shielded by what appears to be a rape enabling culture; Apparently Climate Change is to blame.

Women’s organisations – and funders – are increasingly seeing climate change as a root cause of women’s problems

COPENHAGEN, May 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Carla Lopez remembers the first time she heard a suggestion that climate change was a factor leading to the rape of young girls.

“I was in Santa Maria Xalapan of Guatemala when a group of women said young girls were being kidnapped and raped because there was a water crisis. It was a revelation,” said the executive director of the Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres, a women’s fund based in Central America.

In the indigenous Xinca society of Xalapan, men often kidnap and rape young girls before marrying them, Lopez said, and for about a decade, the local women’s group had been campaigning to end this trend.

But in the last two years, groundwater was becoming scarce, because of weather changes and increased mining in the region. As women and girls had to walk further to fetch water, the number of kidnappings and rapes more than doubled over that period, local women said.

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Will those poor young women really be helped if Guatemala builds a few extra wind turbines? Or would it be more useful to try to provide more security for young women at risk of being assaulted, to continue and intensify efforts to stamp out what seems to be a perverse normalisation of sexual violence, a twisted acceptance of rape as a form of courtship?

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Mark - Helsinki
May 21, 2016 8:02 am

I’ve see this cropping up everywhere, this kind of thinking.
It’s natural intelligent intuitive linear thinking within the confines of a concept, unfortunately none of it is based in any empiricism, heck, not based on reality.
They might point to India but that is a cultural problem. Same for the middle east, where as Africa is in tatters and lawless in many parts.
Rapists do not factor weather into their plan, ever, which debunks the whole nonsense claim
Some SJW cretin came up with this cack.

Reply to  Mark - Helsinki
May 21, 2016 9:16 am

“Rapists do not factor weather into their plan, ever, which debunks the whole nonsense claim.”
The issue is not weather, it is the women being at risk for longer periods of times as they are walking longer distances, and thus exposed to risk for greater lengths of time. If I walk home through a bad neighborhood,. and change my route so that my route is 2X as long, it stands to reason that I will be at greater risk.

Saul from Montreal
Reply to  Chris
May 21, 2016 10:16 am

Will those poor young women really be helped if Guatemala builds a few extra wind turbines?

Those women would be helped if deeper wells and windmills to pump water were provided and hopefully that is what they are going to do with their grant

The group of young women came to us and said that they were going to campaign for women’s and girls’ access to water, because that was the main reason behind the rise in rapes and kidnapping. So we provided them a grant of $15,000 that was usually reserved for climate projects,” said Lopez

Saul from Montreal
Reply to  Chris
May 21, 2016 10:40 am

This post does not make it clear that the source of the article was in fact a charity. Perhaps the author of this post missed this request at the bottom of the article and should correct the error.

Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, climate change, women’s rights, trafficking and property rights.

David A
Reply to  Chris
May 22, 2016 3:53 am

The increase in CO2 currently saves the world about 15% of the water required in a 280 PPM world. As there is no increase in global drought then net water savings due to CO2 must be preventing such crime.
Of course if the governments of the world offer trillions of dollars for pseudo research, and can blame the climate bogyman for ALL failings, especially their own, they will happily do so.

Reply to  Mark - Helsinki
May 21, 2016 5:06 pm

“this kind of thinking”
It would appear thinking was not required!

Mark - Helsinki
Reply to  Ian
May 22, 2016 2:24 pm

I agree, just tack on 10% to everything and blame global warming, it is the perfect pseudo scientific theory

Mark - Helsinki
May 21, 2016 8:06 am

Stats over logic, they probably looked at the hottest poorest parts of the world and came to a moronic conclusion there is a relation between temperature and rape.
The only possible correlation there might be is women wearing less in summer may tempt opportunistic rapists. (No SJW freaks I am not blaming women – Sadly I have to make that distinction in this progressive moronic SJW world)

Reply to  Mark - Helsinki
May 21, 2016 9:01 am

SJW are not progressives. Like the CAGW faithful, they are intolerant, regressive and totalitarian.

Mark - Helsinki
Reply to  SMC
May 21, 2016 9:17 am

SJW is born of progressive ideals.
Liberals of old are terrified of modern pro(re)gressive Liberals

Mark - Helsinki
Reply to  SMC
May 21, 2016 9:18 am

Modern progressives and SJWs are both authoritarian anti free speech movements

Reply to  Mark - Helsinki
May 21, 2016 1:10 pm

Stats over logic, they probably….just interviewed people at our southern border

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  Mark - Helsinki
May 22, 2016 7:26 am

Two of those young girls were talking at the “water hole” while filling up their water jugs when one girl asked the other one, ….. “What are our mothers going to say when we get back home and tell them that we were raped twice today?
The second girl quickly responded, “RAPED TWICE?? … But, but ….. we were only raped one time.
And the first girl responded, …. “But we are going back the same path we got here, right?

Chris Riley
May 21, 2016 8:09 am

How on earth can can these people be taken seriously? It is horrifying to contemplate the fact that this sort of nonsense is part of accepted wisdom among western “elites”

Reply to  Chris Riley
May 21, 2016 10:12 pm

This is the sort of thing that infuriates me as a human being and as a woman (with three sisters). Rapists make a very deliberate choice to rape. This choice is not an accident, it is not a mistake, it is not caused by outside sources. Blaming anything other than the rapist is evil in itself, as it implies that the crime is excusable under certain circumstances. Rape is never acceptable, regardless of what a culture or society claims. (Yeah, I said it.)
False claims and statistics obscure the issue. Vulnerable people cannot be protected if actual risks are ignored or downplayed, or statistics are so exaggerated that said risks cannot be identified. This evening I read another repeat of the “one in five college students” statistic, in the WaPo magazine. The person who repeated this REPEATEDLY DEBUNKED CLAIM was a woman from my university. This sort of lie tells me that the person telling it is either so ignorant that he/she has missed the repeated debunking and have not bothered to check the facts OR he/she is deliberately spreading false information. Neither reflects well on anyone. I have crunched the numbers for my school, and I have serious doubts that a) 3,000 women are being raped at my school every year, and b) well over 2,900 of them are not reporting it. Pretending that 3,000 women are raped only makes it more difficult to figure out what the risk factors are and how to reduce them. Special snowflake safe spaces are not going to stop rapists from raping, and they are not going to give effective support to real victims.
Instead of trying to use a false flag (climate change) to promote the supposed cause (preventing rape, one hopes), report the real problem (traveling to accessible water is dangerous, and greater distances increase the odds of being attacked). Once the ACTUAL problem has been identified and reported, a practical solution can be implemented, one that might work. Shutting down fossil fuel plants, etc. will not prevent rape, nor will it decrease the potential danger for these ladies in Guatemala. In this particular situation, digging wells, laying pipelines to transport water closer to communities and homes, and/or using cheap energy to provide power and transportation would allow women to access water without traveling massive distances (or to do so via motorized transport). Unfortunately, that still will not solve the problem of a culture and society that condones kidnapping and rape as acceptable modes of courting (or whatever this is supposed to be). Would that I or anyone else knew how to change those attitudes.
I know that was a long rant, but this kind of dishonesty really burns my biscuits. Trying to tie a serious atrocity like rape to a fictional issue is heinous. If state AGs really want to sue someone, how about starting with these jerks?

Mark - Helsinki
Reply to  AllyKat
May 22, 2016 2:25 pm

I dont blame you ranting, diluting the cause of rape with nonsense is detrimental.

May 21, 2016 8:18 am

Much of Guatemala has a very pleasant climate being at an altitude between 1000 and 2000 meters . I recommend Lake Atitlan as a spectacular vacation spot .
I wonder how much , if at all , the local temperatures have changed over anybody’s lifetimes there . It’s astounding what a change barely a human jnd ( just noticeable difference ) can do to drive people insane .

Mark - Helsinki
May 21, 2016 8:20 am

Will those poor young women really be helped if Guatemala builds a few extra wind turbines? Or would it be more useful to try to provide more security for young women at risk of being assaulted, to continue and intensify efforts to stamp out what seems to be a perverse normalisation of sexual violence, a twisted acceptance of rape as a form of courtship?
I am pretty sure that lawlessness in cultures that have women as subservient castes is what causes rape to be prevalent.
Since NATO destroyed Libya, thousands of women have been raped then mutilated by crackpot Muslims. Before that it was a civil secular society

David A
Reply to  Mark - Helsinki
May 22, 2016 4:08 am

Mark, you forget that CAGW, not NATO force, not ME religious political factions at war, not Hillary saying
we came, “we saw, he died” speaking of the killing of Gaddafi, not regime change with no rational plan, is blamed for the N.A. and M.E. refugees as well.

Mark - Helsinki
Reply to  David A
May 22, 2016 2:27 pm

How is this insanity so prevalent? Have we really evolved or devolved as a group?
Concepts seem to replace reality everywhere I look and people (90%) cant tell the difference and dont understand what I mean when I point it out to them

Jason Calley
Reply to  David A
May 23, 2016 10:20 am

Hey Mark – Helsinki! “Have we really evolved or devolved as a group?”
Yes. Yes, we have.
Western culture, industrialized western culture, has become so distanced from any traditional life style that large fractions of our population are effectively insane. No one doubts that if you take an infant and let him grow up in a state of confined bed rest, his body will be completely atrophied and essential unusable. The mental and emotional state of many of our citizens is the psychological equivalent of that atrophied body. They have never developed either their logical abilities nor their ethical strengths because they have never had too. They have grown to “adulthood” in a culture that has been so prosperous that they never suffered any negative consequences from their lack of growth.
I feel very sorry for them — but I have no idea how the situation can be rectified without serious pain and suffering.

May 21, 2016 8:21 am

I really don’t want to go there on the core subject of this post, but only to comment that whilst mining is cited as a possible reason for the water crisis, a general lack of water means people have to walk further in order to fetch it, with another cause likely to be an explosion in population from 4.5 million in 1960 to 15.5 million today.
The increase in population around the world is extraordinary, often in poor or already climatically compromised countries that can least afford it. This affects water, food and other resources. The trouble is that often when it is mentioned here commentators mutter about Malthus.

Reply to  climatereason
May 21, 2016 9:10 am

I think the reason folks start muttering about Malthus is, often times, the lack of food, water and other resources is due to a lack of transportation and other infrastructure caused by corrupt leaders and government organizations, not lack of availability of the resources.

Mark - Helsinki
Reply to  SMC
May 21, 2016 9:14 am

That’s pretty accurate, and something well established for most cases.
Ethiopia’s famine was largely driven by the World Bank getting them to move from agriculture of food to more profitable things, and when drought hit, they had no capacity to deal with it.

Reply to  SMC
May 21, 2016 6:02 pm

SMC, Research the idea of virtual water. You will find your conceptual gold. Then, consider poor nation virtual water ‘gold’ payments for same in the future.

Mark - Helsinki
Reply to  climatereason
May 21, 2016 9:12 am

all that has nothing to do with CO2 though, that’s the point, that is where we disagree, not the imaginary argument you concocted

Leo Norekens
May 21, 2016 8:21 am

Yes, wind turbines ! And pepperspray. And windturbines, of course.

Reply to  Leo Norekens
May 21, 2016 10:15 pm

This will tick off a lot of people, but I am a fan of handguns and rifles as rape whistles. 🙂

May 21, 2016 8:25 am

Follow the money! The global warming causes rape claims are all about women’s groups getting access to the Green Climate Fund. Notice this paragraph from the Reuters article.
Efforts to build the capacity of women’s groups to seek climate finance will be important, Lopez and Garcia said. They urged the international Green Climate Fund – which is expected to handle a large share of the coming flow of climate cash – to work closely with regional “green” grant giving organisations.

Tom Halla
Reply to  Cam_S
May 21, 2016 8:30 am

All too true–Climate change as a funding rationale. Very convenient thing that one can blame for almost anything.

Reply to  Tom Halla
May 21, 2016 9:21 am


Reply to  Tom Halla
May 21, 2016 12:32 pm

Anything bad, that is. But nothing good can ever be attributed to “climate change”, just like nothing good can ever be said about the rise in CO2.
But in fact, more warmth is good, and more CO2 is greening the earth. Neither one has any downside.

Mark - Helsinki
Reply to  Cam_S
May 22, 2016 2:29 pm

It’s just like science, tack on climate change, get funding, essentially a money for lies deal

May 21, 2016 8:34 am

It is just another part (of a vast collection of human experiences intersecting with the natural world) of the mysticism being ingrained into the religion of Climate Change.
Pay alms to the priests of Climate Change and their sacred (self enriching, self promoting) causes, and can be a part of the “healing.”
Pure, straight on religious mysticism. Take it on faith.

Reply to  joelobryan
May 21, 2016 1:38 pm

Not good ole Siants worship? BS

Reply to  JohnKnight
May 21, 2016 2:12 pm

PS ~ If there is no God, what is wrong with what the rapists do? What “sin” are they guilty of? Not living up to your moral standards? The great god of bit by bit begs to differ, it seems to me.

May 21, 2016 8:36 am

So doing something practical such as building a water source closer isn’t a good idea why? Because it fixes various problems? Changing the culture which is encouraging bad behavior isn’t an option?

John Adams
May 21, 2016 8:38 am

You’re right Mark. These Climate zealots are quick to rely on science when they think it backs their faulty scripture, just like any other religion. This article with its premise is made out of whole cloth. I’m reminded of when Pat Robertson said that a particularly nasty hurricane had struck the U.S. because God had given up on America due to our culture becoming faithless.

Reply to  John Adams
May 21, 2016 8:49 am

Name a place God has not given up? Just tell that now you know someone informed.

Reply to  Hugs
May 21, 2016 9:13 am

Warmist desperation.
Scraping the filthy slime filled bottom of the green barrel, anything to promote the pathetic zealots of paranoia narrative. All thanks to the jolly green grant machine (taxpayers money) – any lie, anything for a free buck!

Gary Meyers
Reply to  Hugs
May 21, 2016 9:26 am

What?? Please explain.

May 21, 2016 8:51 am

but no evidence that this horrific problem can be solved simply by reducing fossil fuel emissions.

Russell Klier
May 21, 2016 8:51 am

Feminists and Global Warming Fanatics….The groups are perfect for each other…..

Reply to  Russell Klier
May 21, 2016 10:18 am

They’re joined in a mutual infatuation with the tenets of national socialism, they just don’t call it that. But the political system they both seek harkens to Europe in the 30’s, totaltarian top down directed control of the economic systems of wealth creation

May 21, 2016 8:52 am

4 steps for dealing with SJW.
When SJW makes stupid claim especially in the workplace.
1). Mild eye roll
2). Light yawn
3). Look at watch
4). Walk away.

May 21, 2016 9:05 am

More proof that the “climate climate” hypothesis is bad science. Every scientific hypothesis has to be falsifiable in order to be tested. Since the “climate climate” hypothesis claims that climate change causes everything it is un-falsifiable.

May 21, 2016 9:06 am

“Claim: Climate Causes More Young Girls to be Raped”
It was only a few weeks ago that we were told that Global Warming was making it too hot to screw, and so the population was at risk due to CO2. Now CO2 will make people go sex crazy. For God’s sake, can’t we make up our minds?

Mark - Helsinki
Reply to  markstoval
May 21, 2016 9:15 am

Yes they have a theory for every eventuality, which is why it is literally flat earth theory

Mark - Helsinki
Reply to  markstoval
May 21, 2016 9:16 am

There is no science here, just as there is no science in flat earth theory

Reply to  markstoval
May 21, 2016 10:14 am

It may surprised you, but the number of total sexual intercourse could decrease and the number of rape increase at the same time. And the study you are referring to was about sexual life in Australia. This article is about Guatemala. Not the same situation.
I could also use the title used by WUWT (“Claim: Climate Change will Stop Women from Wanting Sex”) to explain to you that usually, when a woman (or a girl) is raped, the woman does not want sex. But actually the WUWT title was misrepresenting the article it was linking to (as often). The original article didn’t make a gender distinction.
[??? .mod]

Reply to  2PetitsVerres
May 21, 2016 3:21 pm

I agree with .mod ; )

Reply to  2PetitsVerres
May 21, 2016 9:26 pm

In a tropical country with tropical rains?
Plenty of water, everywhere.
It is already established that the tropics are not warming, so what part of ‘climate change’ is the cause of rapes here?

David A
Reply to  2PetitsVerres
May 22, 2016 4:19 am

” The original article didn’t make a gender distinction.”
What? Only about eight references to gender in the small section quoted in the post.

Reply to  2PetitsVerres
May 22, 2016 6:16 am

@David A. The original article, the one that WUWT used to write that “Claim: Climate Change will Stop Women from Wanting Sex”, not this article. You can find the article there . (My memory was wrong, there is one mention of gender. It ‘s to say that sperm mobility decrease when a bull is exposed to high temperature. Still difficult to deduce from that “stop women from wanting sex”)

Michael Jankowski
Reply to  markstoval
May 21, 2016 1:37 pm

Not to mention all sorts of claims in recent years that climate change would increase prostitution.

Reply to  Michael Jankowski
May 21, 2016 5:26 pm

I think he might mean that the denotation of “girl” is child. Boys were once called knave girls and young females gay girls! Beyond about the late 1400s the connotation and common parlance for girl came to mean female child only. But 2PetitsVerres doesn’t appear to be that erudite. 😉

Dodgy Geezer
May 21, 2016 9:17 am

…what seems to be a perverse normalisation of sexual violence, a twisted acceptance of rape as a form of courtship?…
Er… abduction and rape of women was actually a fairly normal process in most countries in earlier ages, and is still common today in several parts of the world. More commonly known as ‘Bride Kidnapping’ it stems from a time when women were considered property, similar to cattle. The word ‘rape’ (Latin rapere) originally meant to ‘seize and take away’, and the threat of having your women stolen was a major reason for secluding them inside houses after puberty, as was common amongst the Greek City-States. The Romans, of course, famously stole the Sabine women. You will find many similar examples of it in mediaeval Western literature.
Western culture is rather different today, but the practice of abducting women is not a ‘perverse normalisation’, rather, the retention of an earlier cultural system through to a time when that practice is no longer considered acceptable…
I find it a little ironic that Climate Activists might blame this cultural throwback on industrialisation, particularly if their suggested remedy is to return to the practices of an earlier age, when this habit was much more common than nowadays…

Reply to  Dodgy Geezer
May 21, 2016 12:54 pm

Good point. If I may expand on it:
There were lots of things that were considered normal at the time, like stoning for adultery. But we’ve become more civilized over the centuries (with the exception of certain reprobates in the Middle East). But these climate hustlers are no more than enablers of rape. They excuse it with the words “climate change”.
Also, “The Rape of the Sabines” was memorialized in a painting, but as you say, it wasn’t what we think of as rape. One of the tribes on the Italian peninsula, the Sabines, had raided and captured some Roman girls because they needed wives.
They timed it toward the end of campainging season (summer), so the Roman tribe had to wait until the next spring to mount an offensive to rescue their sisters and daughters.
But when the Romans appeared at the Sabine walls, their women came out on the ramparts and shouted down at the Romans that they were perfectly happy in their new role, and they didn’t want to be rescued! (Those Sabine studs must have been real sweet talkers. Among other things.)
So after plenty of consternation and lots of discussion, the Romans accepted their pleas, and left the girls where they were.
That was early in Roman history. Later, all the local tribes were consolidated under Roman rule, or in alliance with Rome.
So, for the young folks edumacated in the Peoples’ Socialist Soviet of California… now you know. And while we’re at it, you should also know that the “climate change” scare is a false alarm.

Reply to  dbstealey
May 21, 2016 7:42 pm

I believe that you have reversed the roles of the Romans and the Sabines.

Reply to  Dodgy Geezer
May 21, 2016 10:04 pm

Geezer, I’ll follow dbstealey in expanding on the topic:
From Frommers: Tips for Women Travelers:

“For lack of better phrasing, Guatemala is a typically “macho” Latin American nation. Misogyny and violence against women, while not rampant, are part of the social fabric. Women should be careful walking alone at night throughout the country. More and more hotels are ratcheting up security measures for women traveling alone on business or for pleasure. Some are even offering secure “women only” floors, with the added perk of spa services.”

Xalapan is located just south of Jalapa, which it is considered part of. jalapa is located approximately 60km East, by air, from Guatemala City.

Reply to  ATheoK
May 21, 2016 10:28 pm

On top of the machismo (bad for all females), some indigenous groups have very different ideas of when a girl becomes a woman: 10 or 11 may be considered “old enough”. There is the added difficulty of whether or not these actions are protected as part of the indigenous culture. If the culture considers the kidnapping/rape normal and acceptable, can Country X prosecute? Do Country X’s laws about consent and age of consent apply to indigenous groups? Every so often, I read about some 10 or 11 year old indigenous girl from Latin America who stumbles into a hospital or clinic to give birth, and the ensuing debate over what (if anything) can or should be done.
If someone had done that to me at age 10, the government would not have had to worry about what to do. My dad and grandfather would already have taken care of it.

May 21, 2016 9:24 am

Absolutely ludicrous.

Bruce Cobb
May 21, 2016 9:44 am

Yes. And “climate change” causes more kittens and puppies to die. It could even cause Trump to get elected president. There’s just no end to the evil it can cause.

Major Meteor
May 21, 2016 9:44 am

It seems like building a reservoir and connect the village with modern plumbing would be a good use of green money. I’m sure the rapists would cease to exist after that.

Dems B. Dcvrs
May 21, 2016 9:46 am

“Women’s organisations – and funders – are increasingly seeing climate change as a root cause of women’s problems
Another: Jump on – Faux Man-induced Climate Change / Global Warming Scam – Gravy Train Chuck Wagon. These $ocial Ju$tice Warrior$ will latch on to anything to aid their cause whether it be Leftist support or $$$$.
The irony here is they are hitching on to very wagons that are making problems into Leftist created Crisis. $ocial Ju$tice Warrior$ are harming themselves.

Dems B. Dcvrs
May 21, 2016 9:57 am

“groundwater was becoming scarce, because of weather changes and increased mining in the region”
How about they shutdown the Mining in the region and see if “groundwater” doesn’t return? As for “weather changes”, according to Global Warmers, Weather isn’t Climate!**
**That is until they want to claim Hottest April on (man-ipulated) records is sign of Climate Change, which is evidence of Mann’s AGW, thus proof of man-bear-pig made CO2 being root cause.

May 21, 2016 10:00 am

ClimateChange™ – is there anything it can’t do? Who stole the journalists and replaced them with idiots?

Reply to  PiperPaul
May 22, 2016 5:55 am

Talk about a straight line just begging for the punch line…

Reply to  PiperPaul
May 22, 2016 5:56 am

PS I like your trademark on ‘climatechange™’.

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glen martin
May 21, 2016 10:48 am

No its true: Climate Change –> warm weather –> short skirt –>

Reply to  glen martin
May 21, 2016 12:20 pm

It’s not the short skirt that rapes…. It’s men wanting power over women.

Reply to  Simon
May 21, 2016 3:02 pm

So, if the woman was willing, the rapist would decline, you figure, Simon? Not enough power acquisition? ; )

Reply to  Simon
May 21, 2016 3:02 pm

It’s the old “rapists want power not sex” myth. Why must they be mutually exclusive? Rapist are motivated by both the power and the sex. The honest ones will tell you that exerting power over women enhances the sex. If that wasn’t the case, they would simply dominate their victims by overpowering them and beating them up. Why risk disease from unprotected sex if “power” is the only motivating factor?

Reply to  Simon
May 21, 2016 3:57 pm

Louis”It’s the old “rapists want power not sex” myth”
I was commenting more on the “she’s wearing a short skirt so she is asking for it” myth.

Reply to  Simon
May 21, 2016 5:27 pm

I think that’s exactly what glen was doing, Simon . within the topsy turvy “logics” of the CAGW pushers.

Smart Rock
May 21, 2016 11:02 am

groundwater was becoming scarce, because of weather changes and increased mining in the region

Blaming mining companies for everything bad used to be standard practice for environmentalists, but we don’t see it so much now that Climate Change gets blamed for everything. Without knowing specifics, I find this claim highly dubious, and no more valid than atribution to CO2.

May 21, 2016 11:03 am

I suppose they could fix it like some advanced cultures do…..niqab

Robert of Texas
May 21, 2016 11:32 am

How to fix this problem:
1) Build more power plants so there is ample and stable supply of electricity
2) Build a water system that creates potable water
3) Build water pipes to the villages
Problem of women walking long distances to fetch water – solved. And it would cost a lot less than trying to reduce harmless carbon emissions. And it doesn’t matter if climate change occurs or not – it fixes the problem regardless.
The real problems are the things that prevent this from happening:
1) Corrupt political systems and lawlessness
2) Over population in poor areas of the world
3) Elite activists who don’t care about the real problems but focus on their pet projects
Its strange, but my daughter going overseas as part of a religious charity to build infrastructure is doing more good than all the climate change activists put together – and religious people are becoming despised in this country. I just can’t grasp how many people think anymore.

Mark T
Reply to  Robert of Texas
May 21, 2016 5:51 pm

How about just stop apologizing for rapists and imprison them?

May 21, 2016 12:40 pm

The only way to fix this is to recognise and abandon all marxist newthink. SJW, feminist, warmist… these are all merely facets of Marxist theory of everything.
Reality check is actually very simple. Feminists wants us to believe that women are at risk of rape greater than the numbers recorded in Democratic Republic of the Congo, where rape was enforced as a weapon of war. There is no such industrial-scale rape going on anywhere else. Yet we must believe we live in a rape culture, and everything SJW women dislike is rape.
Just stop giving this tripe any credibility, and keep your sanity. No point giving this undeserved credibility.

Reply to  Hlaford
May 21, 2016 9:53 pm

“Yet we must believe we live in a rape culture, and everything SJW women dislike is rape.”
As of a few years ago . . and then we must accept hordes of young male “refuges” (also attributed to climate change) that actually are from a “rape culture” of sorts . . lest we be accused of racism (?) by the SJWs . . and one wonders about the potential “globalist” influence on these timely outbursts of Western civilization judgmentalism . . taken ever so seriously by our tearless leaders . .

May 21, 2016 2:45 pm

A substantial percentage of humanity is mentally ill, and the rest of us are so ill-equipped to deal with that fact that we pretend it isn’t even so.

May 21, 2016 3:15 pm

Did climate change cause the Obama Administration to adopt their new bathroom policy? The new policy allows any man, including perverts and rapists, into the lady’s room, as long as they claim to identify as a woman. Actually, they don’t even have to claim it because you’re not allowed to second guess them or question them in any way. So first, they tell us there’s an escalating “rape culture” on college campuses, then they enact bathroom and changing room policies that can only make the problem worse.

Mark T
May 21, 2016 5:48 pm

Unbelievably disrespectful. Always blame something other than the perpetrator, always, if you’re a progressive retard. In their minds, nobody is to blame for their own bad behavior.

May 21, 2016 6:46 pm resulted in this LinkedIn comment by Billy K. Lemons . . . who has a VERY dry sense of humor, as follows:
Did you know that one can be kicked out of the Sierra Club for belching more than his/her/his-her/her-his (depending on how one “identifies” at the time) allocated share of belches after eating or drinking? … unless of course one buys certified belching credits from other SC members who don’t intend to use them.
Belching credits purchased from non-members can be substituted for those from members, but only at half the rate of those from members.
You see, belching credits allotted to, and that can be purchased from, full members contain a special natural non-toxic component that combines with the holier-than-thou elitist breath of members so as to yield extra methane capture capability.
Persons of the lowly “worker” class who do not qualify to join at the elitist “professional person” or “queen ant” classes may join at the lower “comrade worker” class and qualify for three-fifths the belching credits. But they have no rights to vote in the organization or to serve as officers.

May 21, 2016 8:41 pm

Hey, when you’re hot you’re hot!
However, my indoctrination is predicated on the FACT that everything is caused by climate change. Right?
Now that we have go that settled, why is this news ?
/sarc off

May 21, 2016 9:01 pm

I think there is a lot of truth to this. Bill Clinton flies to “Pedophile Island” 40 times. It is very warm if not hot there. He rapes many young girls. It is not lack of character, global warming made him do it.

May 21, 2016 10:50 pm

Hang on, I thought the “A” in Climate Change* was for anthropogenic?
Ah, I see it now, its circular, a runaway greenhouse effect causing a runaway breeding effect!** Population growth causes C02 to increase which causes temperature to increase which causes population to increase…
There is only one solution to the problem and it is totalitarian! /sarc (For Maoists only)
*Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) was the common term pre Newspeak. Climate Change replaced AGW, it was simplified to just “Climate” but it is slated for further purification to become just “Change”.
Change will be a pejorative term in the perfect world created by our dear leaders, so it too will ultimately become a hate word! Change will then be replaced with “Unchange”, becoming “Changenot” before simplification to “Not”and the more pure “No” which, due to its negative connotations, will be replaced by “Yes”.
**Rape is forced copulation, despite it being both Illegal and immoral!

May 21, 2016 11:36 pm

There is a radical solution to all these pervasive climate related problems. One that all aspiring SJWs should embrace:
Ban climate!
It’s a simple radical solution to a host of injustices flowing from climate issues – discrimination, mis-labelling, economic exclusion, rape, donkey-bothering, the list goes on but the true progressive who wants to stay relevant can only accept one solution:
No more climate! An end to snow and its oppressive whiteness! No more rain and rape-inducing wet t-shirts. No more cold or hot and the misogynistic baggage associated with these terms. No more phallic tornados! A world without climate – safe and free for all, the bew progressives’ dream.

Reply to  ptolemy2
May 21, 2016 11:51 pm

Why not? After all, the president of the UN himself has a name which means a slogan to ban the moon.
btw “bew” should read “new”

May 22, 2016 7:58 am

I would agree with the sensational headline. All the money that USED to go to projects like fresh water sources has been siphoned off into building wind towers and jetting to climate conferences. The developed world has fallen behind in what WAS a growing program designed to improve the lives and health of indigenous populations by bringing energy and clean water to their doorsteps. Who’s feet should be covered in the cause of young children being raped? Green watermelon feet.

Mickey Reno
May 22, 2016 8:45 am

This same exact silly claim (more rapes due to climate change because girls had to walk longer distances through dangerous territory to get water) was made several years back by some CAGW alarmist. I don’t mean to make light of rape, but this claim is laughable. The need to get water is gender neutral. Men can carry more water because they are stronger. Civilized and educated people everywhere, including those in the eco-radical NGOs know how to set up police forces, dig wells, pipe clean water to remote villages, and even truck water in emergencies. The CAUSE of a rape is the rapist.

Mark - Helsinki
Reply to  Mickey Reno
May 22, 2016 2:35 pm

Is there any data on how many young boys go missing when the set out for water I wonder?

Gary Pearse
May 22, 2016 10:04 am

I’ve commented on a few variations of this kind of thinking and see in them unmistakable (unwitting perhaps?) racism. I written on the egregious notion that ..”to give a (non-white) man a fish, he can eat for a day; to teach this helpless fellow how to fish, he can eat for a lifetime…” How bloody arrogant, how paternalistic the sweet superior “kindness” of this kind of philanthropy. Here in this cradle of humankind, where its inhabitants had flourished for 3 million years, we are going to teach him how to stay alive!! Even the ‘science’ of sociology is too lofty to frame these other societies. We created ‘anthropology’ to deal with such people.
I witnessed it first hand in the mid 1960s when I worked for the Geological Survey of Nigeria (I wasn’t a technical aid worker. I was a civil servant who got a job with the newly independent government of Nigeria). There were technical aid projects back then – I got seconded by the government to a large regional UN geological and mining development project which had run aground for lack of personnel who knew anything about mining development. There were truck loads of superfluous PhD’d professors that I had to push out of the way to do the job.
The shock troops preceding the massive white NGO conglomerate that was to flood the continent to guide these ‘unfortunate backward folks’ crying out for our wisdom, cleverness, guidance and protection, were the 40 something-year-old virgin missionaries in long skirts, white ankle socks and sensible shoes, shepherded by sweaty, black suited, white collared preachers with bad skin who were a century (at least) redundant in their own European societies. First, bring them the whiteman’s god and the rest will be easy. I recall during the height of the white feminists’ war against men a few New York warriors going to the very spiritual Dogon people to emancipate their women!
A recent racist idea of the “Team” is that of Islamists in the Middle East who are killing thousands because of climate change!! Of course such as we of the north, who can shoulder the world’s burdens without a flinch, don’t buckle in the face of climate change. The Guatamalan rapists are just another reason why we of the north are so essential. Only such as we can keep a cool head in the face of mind annihilating climate change.
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Reply to  Gary Pearse
May 23, 2016 9:36 am

I kind of agree, I think the whole aid juggernaut is monstrously narcissistic and is counter-productive, keeping Africa down. The Chinese have the right idea – keep it to business only.

May 22, 2016 5:59 pm

The new legal defense for rape will be to blame it all on climate change.

May 22, 2016 8:07 pm

According to the Kinsey Report, ev’ry average man you know
Much prefers his lovey-dovey to court
When the temperature is low
But when the thermometer goes ‘way up
And the weather is sizzling hot
Mister, pants for romance is not

May 22, 2016 8:12 pm

This just in, world to end…women, children, and minorities hardest hit.

May 22, 2016 8:24 pm

I think that the rise of feminism is the cause of climate change.

May 23, 2016 4:33 am

This would be the same Xalapan where a couple of years ago the government suspended legal rights in order to crush local opposition to a big silver mine that the locals thought would affect water sources, no? Guatemala apparently has a generally pleasant temperature but rainfall varies drastically throughout the year, so during the drier part, you’d be more vulnerable. Sounds to me like just perhaps it’s the mine that’s the reason for the long trips for water, which means politics, not climate change, is the issue. i have not been able to find that there has been any detectable climate change in the area, and the linked article does not as much as mention “temperature” or “rain”. Don’t these people use numbers any more?
A woman who had worked as a missionary in Papua New Guinea told me once how disgusted she was seeing a woman toiling along a jungle track with a heavy load, while her husband ambled ahead carrying only a machete. And then she realised, he wasn’t slacking, he was her bodyguard, he wasn’t carrying a load because he had to be ready to defend her from attack in an instant, he wasn’t turning his head to idly enjoy the scenery but to look for attackers. It seems to me that an able-bodied man with some sort of weapon should be able to accompany the women on their way to water and back. But wait, this is an area where the government crushed a protest a few years ago. Are the honest men of the region *allowed* much in the way of weapons?

May 23, 2016 4:39 am

Just a couple of comments: First of all there are documented cases of aid agencies building water supply systems so the women don’t have to fetch water, and the systems were repeatedly vandalised – by the women, who missed the opportunity to get out of the house and meet with friends. Second when I was working in Dushanbe, I remember my Kyrgyz landlady telling me that her sister was going to be kidnapped and forced to marry next Friday. She didn’t say raped, but it was probably part of the package. It was the traditional way it was done.

May 25, 2016 2:40 pm

Actually, more rapists stay home because the temperatures are too high to stalk girls. And while we are at it, the soaring global temperatures are slowing down construction worker’s abilities to build transgender restrooms. So driving a car to the store is nothing less than a hate crime.

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