Bizarre Claim: Global Warming Could Alter People’s Personalities

From the “we think Michael Mann, Peter Gleick, and Bill McKibben are already affected” department.

By Michael Bastasch

A new Columbia Business School study is out with the latest bizarre claim about man-made global warming — it could alter people’s personalities.

“As climate change continues across the world, we may also observe concomitant changes in human personality,” reads the study, published in the journal Nature on Tuesday.

It’s only the latest in a slew of studies on the potential psychological effects of future warming, and it’s not even the most bizarre. For example, recent studies have claimed worry about global warming is making people depressed.

Those worried about man-made warming reported “feelings of loneliness and lethargy,” Reuters reported of a University of Arizona study.

For some environmentalists, lack of hope for the future seems to be real. The New York Times recently reported that some people are deciding to forgo having children because of global warming.

Even more bizarre, a 2015 Harvard School of Public Health study claims, “Carbon dioxide (CO2) has a direct and negative impact on human cognition and decision-making.” Basically, suggesting global warming will make humans dumber.

Columbia researchers claim temperature is a key factor in determining personality traits. People who grew up in more temperate areas, around 72 degrees Fahrenheit, scored better on five broad personality traits than those who grew up where it’s too hot or too cold.

“Clement temperatures encourage individuals to explore the outside environment, where social interactions and new experiences abound,” Jackson Lu, a Columbia doctoral candidate, said in a statement.

Lu contends that future global warming could mean personality changes across the world over time.

“Venturing outdoors and interacting with lots of people make people more agreeable, conscientious, emotionally stable, extraverted, and open to new experiences,” said Lu. “But when the temperature is too hot or too cold, individuals are less likely to go outside to meet up with friends or to try new activities.”

How accurate or reliable is this study? That’s up for you to decide.

Originally published in the Daily Caller.


The study In Nature (open access): Regional ambient temperature is associated with human personality

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107 thoughts on “Bizarre Claim: Global Warming Could Alter People’s Personalities

      • 8 out of 7 Enviro-mathematicians can’t be wrong
        They have already proven this to be true just ook at the anarchist-whiners in the streets

      • Brian A, to be accurate, those provocateurs are absolutely NOT anarchists. Period, without question. The reason is because anyone who truly understands a voluntary society and free association understands natural moral law, and that is simple. Don’t steal. That extends to harming others, raping, physically stealing, and trespassing. It’s all theft.

        A true voluntaryist recognizes his obligation to govern himself accordingly and only use force in self-defense. There isn’t nary a fellow voluntaryist that I know who acts or promotes otherwise. It is critical to make that distinction because these children are entitled, coddled, well off, “educated” in the propaganda of statism (especially Marxism), and they are angry because they think everything should be given to them with no effort. To them, as they’ve been taught, that competition and personal responsibility is a tool of the oppressor against the weak.

        So they break the only law that actually exists, don’t frigging steal! Destroying others belongings and property, initiating violence, and threatening others is the antithesis of don’t steal.
        They have been fed a poisonous foundation and they ate it up like good cattle, and now they are sick with self loathing and misanthropy so they are natural fulfilling there hateful worldview.

        Please don’t misrepresent living a voluntary life without external rulers (an+archon) to these scum suckers

    • There is plenty of evidence that the thought of global warming is altering neuron connections in a large section of academics and green brains. However, so would the thought of The Donald being president. One is seeming to get them more money, the other is reducing their funding to zero.

      I can only advise them to focus on the person who is intent on bankrupting them. The GW cause is lost. Survival needs consideration. Preaching to all about fads is going to attract people with the power to put them out of business. A very low profile may save their budgets. Otherwise most will have to find a real job and do …….. work.

      • “Bizarre Claim: Global Warming Could Alter People’s Personalities”

        Not so bizarre, actually. People who believe in global warming hysteria ARE getting stupider and stupider. There was ample evidence decades ago that this was a false alarm – a scam. Some people believed in the warming scam but after a while were exposed to the evidence, changed their opinions and rejected warmist dogma. Others, exposed to the same evidence, refused to change and thus got progressively stupider with time.

      • A logical truism:

        Being obsessed about or with one’s own religious beliefs are a direct cause of “brain rot” (re-wiring of synaptic connections).

        “As the increase in “fear-mongering” claims of climate change continues across the world, we will also be observing concomitant changes in human personality,”

    • No Latitude, the relationship really is there its just that they have got it the wrong way around (surprise, surprise). Altered personalities have created the perception of Global Warming. A university education can do that to you, unfortunately.

      Its a bit like the silouette of the candlestick or is it two people facing each other or is it two people conspiring against us by candle light?

  1. This is good feedback news for our recent college search process that did not include overpriced fake schools and fake programs in the list for consideration.

  2. Well I am a lot happier in warm weather than cold. When was the last time you heard someone talk about the “bitter warmth” or “bone chilling warmth”? The word “DUH” comes to mind for this study.

      • Leo, the highest dew point ever recorded was 35 degrees C, and that was a short-lived event that has never been matched, to the best of our knowledge. Yet I constantly hear people claiming that 35 degrees C (95 degrees F) with 100% humidity happens all over the place on a regular basis. Not so.

        35 degrees and 60% humidity is bad enough, and still relatively rare in most places. I am not sure why the exaggeration is so common.

    • There is a joke in my parts (north of the 49th) “I can do more outside at +30 than I can at -30” (Celsius that is). We get both and I’ve been to very hot humid places and while heat and humidity might make you think you are going to die, the opposite end WILL actually make you die.

      This is why we humans alter our climate with shade, shelter and HVAC.

      • UHHHHHHH What happened to air conditioners? Oh their plan is to ban them as well? If it is too hot outside I meet people in air conditioned rooms.

  3. It is all very true. Whenever I experience the global warming involved from flying from New England to the Caribbean, I experience the following personality changes.
    1) A need to get to the beach.
    2) An urge to get out on the water on a sailboat.
    3) A compulsion to go snorkeling on a coral reef.
    4) A desire to chill out in the shade of a palm tree.
    5) A persistent want to get a drink at the swim-up bar poolside.

    These things never affect me in New England, especially in the winter.
    It is all true.

    • All the ills of modern society
      TonyL you should be ashamed…all 5 of those lead to a servere lack of productivity…have you no Borg Sense
      Put down that drink
      extricate yourself from the Palm Shade
      Drop your snorkel
      Get off that boat
      Back away from the beach
      and get back to work
      /sarc

      • TonyL,
        Apart from your No. 3 I agree. I am much happier on a Caribbean beach than a Scottish one.

        Why No. 3? Water is for sailing on. Look what it does to the outside of steel ships, And anyway I can’t swim.

      • have you no Borg Sense

        No, none at all. No shame either, none whatsoever.

        get back to work

        I try to stay usefully engaged as the resort poolside bikini inspector. I also offer helpful bikini fittings when She Who Must Be Obeyed is not looking. It is tough work, but somebody has to do it.
        Getting dressed for evening fine dining is about all the extra work I can handle.

      • It’s too late Bryan A poor TonyL has been Climate Changed into a delusional state. I actually do exactly the same thing but would not talk about it in public.

      • I do too but I tend to do it at the farthest resort from the Airport so that at least I can claim to be doing it at a Last Resort

    • @ Oldseadog
      “Why No. 3?”
      Back in the day, I was a young biologist, before I took up chemistry.
      Went over to the Dark Side. See the video helpfully posted by Michael Hart, above. Still have a deep appreciation for ecology and the natural world, though.
      “Water is for sailing on.”
      Truer words never spoken!
      “I can’t swim.”
      No excuse. In the warm, salty Caribbean waters, you float like a cork. Grab a mask and snorkel and get to a quiet beach. Just get used to breathing with your face in the water and you will be paddling around in no time. Then you will be good to go.

      See what that Climate Change did to me? Now I am trying to pull everybody else over to the Dark Side, as well.

      • It is truly a Great PLace to learn to swim if you start in water that is shallow enough to stand in, swimming is easy to pick up

      • Besides, the women in Frostbite Falls wear parkas, the women in Goombay Town wear bikinis. ‘Nuff said.

  4. It already has made some people develop really crazy personalities who are afraid to get up in the morning, brush their teeth (seen as a luxury) and won’t
    drink with a plastic straw. But it wasn’t the climate it was the Green Crazies.
    Don’t forget to give them their credit that is due.

  5. “Michael Mann, Peter Gleick, and Bill McKibben”

    LOL. The Three Stooges remake. Why soitenly, nyuk, nyuk…

  6. It is HILARIOUS to witness this mass delusion; the combination of TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) and CAGW belief is a synergy which will entertain for years to come! The leftie loons are really wound up and seething. HA HA HA

  7. If you have to grow up at 72F, most of us are already stuffed. There’s a village three miles from me up a hill and the difference between there and here is pretty much the entirety of forecast warming by 2100. If the folks from there came here how much better off would they actually be? Or should they wait until we all boil down here?

  8. I mean, look what climate change is doing to the stock market. Talk about manic-depressive. First it’s way up, then way down, then back up again. Gosh-darn that carbon pollution anyway.

  9. Those worried about man-made warming reported “feelings of loneliness and lethargy,” Reuters reported of a University of Arizona study.

    Confirmation the scaremongering is working. Time to double down on fake news.

  10. The most serious psychological effect of global warming is carbonphobia, a sociopathic disorder with suicidal compulsions to destroy modern civilization out of fear that an essential trace gas that makes all life possible is a threat to all life.

  11. From one of the article links:

    “A study from 1961 exposed “23 crewmen exposed to CO2 at 15,000 ppm for 42 days in a submarine” and the men “showed no psychomotor testing effects but showed moderate increases in anxiety, apathy, uncooperativeness, desire to leave, and sexual desire.”

    Yep, 42 days in a submarine with just men will do that, even at normal levels of CO2.

    Wonder if the study mentioned the level of O2 on that submarine, too?

    • Having actually spent well over 42 days on a dived diesel-electric submarine, the overwhelming emotion is one of utter boredom. 6 hours on watch, 6 hours off watch for weeks and weeks. Weekends do not exist. I never experienced any anxiety – well except with the Navigating Officer who was a complete muppet.

      What we did do though was to monitor every hour (using draegers) the CO2 contents amongst others things and only bring it to the attention of the Officer of the Watch (Officer of the Deck in the USN) should it get above 3% (bearing in mind that atmospheric CO2 is 0.004%). This never happened in 21 years of being a submariner. The reason is that a higher % of CO2 causes headaches and at 6% causes severe loss of cognitive abilities. 9% puts you in a coma and 12% has you dead.

  12. It’s a tough thing to have to admit that cold weather has me snookered.

    I have to drag myself out to the front steps three to four times a day to put out bird food for a bunch of demanding, ungrateful little chirpers.

    And then there’s deciding which book to read, which sandwich to fix, and being forced to consume mass quantities of cheesecake, hot tea or hot cocoa (with whipped cream), and whether or not I want to stir my stumps and go pick up the mail and the paper.

    It’s a tough existence living in the cave, and looking out at all the poor souls who have to trudge their way from the front door to the car through the snow they shoveled just before breakfast.

    I feel for them.

  13. During cold seasons it’s warmer, so people go outside more and during warm seasons they stay in side more, that’s a “wash.” Of all people those in a B-School should understand zero sum games. For that reason alone I grade all of Columbia U B-School as an epic fail.

  14. Well I reckon they got this right.
    I feel so much happier when I holiday in a warm location!
    This is utter nonsense and I must wonder how such BS gets to the Publication stage?

  15. They say that too cold is as bad as too warm, so should we be fortunate enough to experience global warming they are stating it will benefit some peoples’ personalities.

    While going outside might enable one to interact with others, it could also lead to solitude. Whereas being trapped in a building by a hostile climate is almost certain to lead to interactions with other people trapped in the same building.

    Just for some fun, somebody point out to them that white Europeans live in temperate climates and various indigenous people live the the places that are very hot or very cold, so their research is clearly racist.

  16. Here ya go. A snap study on warming.

    Winter in the Northern USA = people cranky and bored
    Summer in the Norther USA = people happy to be outside and not as cranky and bored

    Gimme some grant money now please!

    • Not too sure about the studies but the Yankee girls on Ft Lauderdale beach during spring break were pretty crazy. I’m sure it was the warm temp that had something to do with it. They were all hot!

      And the Southern girls at Myrtle Beach in June, “well ya’ll just ain’t gonn know”.

      But I must admit there was little time spent psycho-analyzing the moments.

  17. People who grew up in more temperate areas, around 72 degrees Fahrenheit, scored better on five broad personality traits than those who grew up where it’s too hot or too cold.

    This is just Chinese version of racism or something like. I’m marked, I’ve grown up in a place where people fish through a hole in ice.

    Temperate for them, by the way, means South China.

  18. The paper has twenty-six! authors. Psychology is rising to the level of authorial fecundity of a particle physics paper from CERN. The Association for Psychological Science (sic) should be very proud (I dislike their appropriation of “Science” to abscond gravitas into themselves).

    Fortunately, the work (hard to call it research) was entirely funded by the Chinese government. Also, only four salaries were US academic, and all but six were paid in China. So, speaking as an American, at least the US didn’t pay much for this.

    The paper’s conclusions rely on the “Big 5” personality traits all the explanatory rage in psychology these days.

    I looked at these awhile back, in the context of a study claiming explanatory force with Trump voters, and found the Big 5 traits are significantly cross-correlated. So, whatever it is they’re measuring, the metrics are not orthogonal. The purported explanatory content is confused.

    That the head post study was published shows how far standards have fallen at Nature (London). Any lurid supposition gets into their pages so long as it hews to the AGW narrative.

  19. I was just wondering if global warming is going to lead to an increase of little green frogs flying out of my butt ; )

  20. Reading between the lines of this study – they have determined that southerners are friendlier!

    The average annual temperature for the U.S. is 54 F. The average for Cambridge, MA is 49 F.

    Who knew that the Deplorables were much better socially adjusted than the ivory tower types?

  21. Basically, “People in tropical zones are not as smart as those in temporal climates”. Seems like a pretty racist statement made from a most likely liberal leaning scientist.

    • Those of us in the temporal zones run round chasing all the things the advertisers want us to buy, meanwhile those in a lot of tropical zones chill out take life one day at a time. I know who I think sound the clever ones.

      James Bull

  22. It’s much more likely that false and alarmist claims of Global Warming will alter people’s personalities.

    Just look at how crazy the Democrats, who believe Global Warming is going to destroy us all, have become about having Trump as President, and there’s proof positive.

  23. They have it covered both ways, like most warmist scare predictions.

    “when the temperature is too hot or too cold, individuals are less likely to go outside to meet up with friends or to try new activities.”

    We need a massive UN bureaucracy to stabilize the climate in the Goldie Locks Zone.

  24. “Those worried about man-made warming reported “feelings of loneliness and lethargy,” Reuters reported of a University of Arizona study.” Yea. I worry that so many belive it! Makes me down right depressed.

  25. Climate fear mongering can cause mental illness in those inclined to listen to their negative thoughts and irrational fears. It is most prominent in a human subgroup that self-identify as Progressives, a deliberate misnomer for Socialist. The mental instability known as Climate Clinical Regression Afflicting Progressives (CCRAP) is perniciously irrational, expressing itself in the afflicted as a fear of their own exhaled breath adding to ‘CO2 pollution’. Additionally, they fear the increase of molecular CO2 in our atmosphere from 3 molecules in 10,000 all the way up to an extreme of 4 molecules in 10,000. Do you see the irrationality in those baseless fears?

    Fortunately, a rational mind easily discerns CCRAP, as expressed by the progressively afflicted.
    The 1st step to recovery for the poor dears, is admitting they need help with their irrational CCRAP……

      • Excuse me while I go have another severe coughing attack to avoid taking those nasty insurance-funded opioids. It’s just so much more natural than actually stopping the violent coughing……

  26. “Venturing outdoors and interacting with lots of people make people more agreeable, conscientious, emotionally stable, extraverted, and open to new experiences,”

    Last time I was out at a night club, damn near everyone in the building was bent over their phones. No eye-contact anywhere.
    So much for interaction.

    • “Last time I was out at a night club, damn near everyone in the building was bent over their phones.”

      Last time I was out at a nightclub mobile phones hadn’t been invented. Damn near everyone had their eyes closed because drugs. No eye-contact anywhere.
      Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose…

  27. An appropriate education video for the CCRAP afflicted:
    Can Climate Models Predict Climate Change? – presented by Will Happer, Physics Prof. Emeritus, Princeton University.

  28. It’s true. I moved to the tropics. Floating in my 30C pool at night, looking at the stars shining and the silloutes of my palm trees, I get so depressed….

  29. The search for a link between CO2 and Global Climate certainly does affect and in the long term, destroy people’s brains. The weather and climate are not so effective.

  30. I was so depressed at the stock market today that I went to the local Panera’s and had a nice sandwich and iced tea sitting outside in my t-shirt and shorts. Great pick me up.

  31. Now if they can just get this officially listed as a ‘disorder’ or whatever – and they seem to be able to do that for just about anything these days – Big Pharma will be very happy. I’m sure they can come up will some pill for this, preferably (for them) addictive.

    Let’s see. “Climate Related Abnormal Personality” could work, in many ways.

      • We already have SAD (seasonal affective disorder). It doesn’t necessarily require drugs, though. Just full spectrum lighting. Guess that wouldn’t qualify?

  32. ““Venturing outdoors and interacting with lots of people make people more agreeable, conscientious, emotionally stable, extraverted, and open to new experiences,” said Lu. “But when the temperature is too hot or too cold, individuals are less likely to go outside to meet up with friends or to try new activities.”

    Again, urban couch potatoes substitute personal opinion assumptions for direct observations.
    It certainly isn’t hard to spot exactly who refuses to venture outside when temperatures are too hot or too cold. They likely also avoid foggy, rainy and snowy days too.

    It is the kind of assumption that someone makes who’s idea of outside weather is because they dress for riding in heated/cooled vehicles, rather than walking to their destination. How terrible it must be for them to briefly experience hot or cold weather while heading to their rides.

    • “Venturing outdoors and interacting with lots of people make people more agreeable, conscientious, emotionally stable, extraverted, and open to new experiences,” said Lu.”

      Why on Earth would I want to be extraverted?
      Caring for Your Introvert

  33. There are too many scientists and far too much money competing in a world that has already discovered so much that the law of diminishing returns………with respect to the amount of scientific study needed to produce new revelations that kicked in decades ago….is making it extraordinarily difficult for today’s scientists to make new discoveries that make an authentic contribution to science.

    But we still have massive amounts of money and scientists working to find less and less.

    As the amount of authentic science discovered per scientist/dollar has plunged in the last couple of decades, it has become common practice to dress up shit science and use verbiage to describe it that spins it into “unprecedented” or “unique” in order to justify its existence.

    In the field of climate science, the only limitation to what can be discovered is the creativity of those doing the studies.

  34. I really find it hard to believe that people actually get funding to perform such studies…

    Frankly, I prefer it a bit on the cool side as far as outside temperature goes. Sure, cold kills. So does heat. I can dress for the cold, and spend the whole day outside in -20 F temps relatively comfortably. But, you can only take off so much clothing, in public, in the heat, before local law enforcement will want to have a chat with you.
    If a person is not well adjusted enough to begin with, then I guess the weather COULD push them over the edge into a full blown mental condition. (Most of which are completely imaginary anyways…) Perhaps those ill adjusted folks could do themselves and all the rest of us a favor and remain in their homes and businesses sheltered from the evil that lurks outside in the form of sunshine, or snow.

    There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.

    • I agree. I like winter much more than summer. Correct dressing helps. I increased my closet contents considerably when I geared up for snowshowing, ice fishing and so forth.

  35. I can kind of understand what they’re talking about. When sitting in a hot tub in below freezing temps, it is rather annoying when your hair freezes to the outside of the tub. I’ll have to wait till spring.

    Those people at Columbia don’t have to worry though. They don’t even need to be concerned. ;-} Even if the Zombie apocalypse does happen. They’ll be safe.

  36. One thing I have noticed: there is never any “research” made into the effects of global cooling to provide any sort of balance. It’s always “further warming will/could.might/ cause THIS.” and is never coupled with “on the other hand, cooling would/could/might/ cause ….”

    Would cooling change personalities too?
    For better?
    Or Worse?
    Or not at all?

    Nor do they ever ask “Why are this planet’s tropics so prolific? ”
    (Shhh! Maybe because they’re warm … ?)

  37. My 4 year old plays out all day in Thailand where it is 35 degrees Celsius (95 F) all year. He speaks both fluent Thai and English and since he just started school is learning Chinese and is singing songs in that language… he is happy little soul… I am in the UK at the moment and everyone is miserable because of the cold… most Brits struggle to speak their own language… guess where I want to be right now!! Perhaps if the universities in the “West” raised their entry standards back to where they were 30 years ago we would see some mindful research instead of the blubbing of second rate academia.

  38. Well a mean temperature of 72 is what percentage of the globe? Hello to all of you maladjusted denizens of the everywhere but San Diego.
    Let’s see. We spend 24/7 trying to scare the crap out of you, but it’s global warming’s fault.
    You have to admire the Chutzpah.

  39. Ah, yes – I’m much happier now with everything covered in snow and ice than with plants blooming and birds singing around me. As if! (I think I’ll self medicate with a nice single malt in the weekend, personality not at it’s best in cold surroundings) ;-)

  40. It looks like the Columbia Business School study is trying to validate President Trump’s “s&%#hole” country statement- people from those warmer, tropical countries presumably suffer from personality defects.,

  41. It seems obvious that Global Warming could alter people’s personalities – I can’t believe that Mann has ALWAYS been full of hate and bile against climate sceptics

  42. “Feelings of loneliness and lethargy” could be the result of, oh, I don’t know . . . 1,500 different causes? ABSOLUTE CLAPTRAP masquerading as not claptrap.

  43. It’s not the personality that’s being affected directly, but it’s the ability to think clearly. It’s not climate change that causes this, as climate change has even been implicated in making mankind smarter as we have continuously adapted to a variable climate. It’s the obsessive, compulsive fear about climate change that’s causing the brains of the alarmists to rot. If these rotting brains only believed in the scientific method, the harm they are doing to themselves could be stopped.

  44. We have all had to contend with habitual liars at some stage of our lives. It is lies to support lies to support lies. Then, one fateful day, you pick up an inconsistency in the narrative or an outright lie or it all just gets to phantasmogorical to believe. Your bullshit meter is activated and you realize it was a load of bulldust from day one, often based on a half truth. By then, you usually have been well and truly fleeced.

  45. Of course its true. Just look at the need for intelligent people to conform to the crowd, not question anything and trash anyone who even raises a question. Just I dont think you should need to pay a “University to get such a comment.

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