The Charney Sensitivity of Homicides to Atmospheric CO2: A Parody

11 Pages Posted: 2 May 2018

Date Written: April 14, 2018


Homicides in England and Wales 1898-2003 are studied against the atmospheric carbon dioxide data for the same period. The Charney Equilibrium Sensitivity of homicides is found to be λ=1.7 thousands of additional annual homicides for each doubling of atmospheric CO2. The sensitivity estimate is supported by a strong correlation of ρ=0.95 and detrended correlation of ρ=0.86. The analysis illustrates that spurious proportionalities in time series data in conjunction with inadequate statistical rigor in the interpretation of empirical Charney climate sensitivity estimates impedes the orderly accumulation of knowledge in this line of research.

Keywords: Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity, Charney Sensitivity, Greenhouse Effect, Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide, Fossil Fuel Emissions, Anthropogenic Global Warming, Human Caused Climate Change

Suggested Citation

Munshi, Jamal, The Charney Sensitivity of Homicides to Atmospheric CO2: A Parody (April 14, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

Jamal Munshi (Contact Author)

Sonoma State University ( email )

1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
United States

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