What has climate change and crime has to do with social disorder? After the Katrina destroyed most of New Orleans some residents of New Orleans who remained in the city began looting stores and competing for the scares resources available. This also happened in Mississippi were residents looted their local stores and casinos. Many looters were in search of food and water that were not available to them through any other means.
Today Houston remains home to over 120,000 people displaced by hurricanes, Rita and (mainly) Katrina and this is has had some major consequences for crime and social disorder in Houston. The crime of murder in the city that had been falling in the passed now is rising again. Some 58 of 261 murders up to August 24th this year have been linked to Katrina people. If the rate continues, murders for the year would exceed 400; last year there were 334. (Murder numbers jumped nearly 5% nationwide in 2005 after a long decline, according to FBI figures.)social disorder and crime can be one of the manifestations of Climate Change. On the face of it, how society deals with climate change and crime are just as important as the other massive challenges that face governments.