I collated 2012 data from NOAA for the average monthly temperature in the lower 48, and from the CDC for the monthly crude death rate. I find it quite amazing to see how strong a correlation there is between these two variables; temperature “explains” 97 percent of the variance in this case. The causal mechanisms underlying this relationship are certainly more complex than this simple plot admits. But for now, I’ll just post this as a compelling example of how important environmental variables are in understanding human behavior and demography.
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