Divorce and the environment paper keeps having an impact

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April 13, 2012

It's been five years since Jack Liu and Eunice Yu published pioneering research showing that divorce is bad for the environment. And it's still being talked about.

In the April 13th Psychology Today, Rachel Clark resurrects the research to consider for Earth Day April 22.

The paper, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said that worldwide, divorce inflates resource use because divorced people typically live in similar sized homes with fewer people while sustaining similar resource use levels (per person) as those living together in intact families.

In other words, divorce leads to more households per the same number of people, far more resource use (and expense) per person, and, thus, more climate-choking emissions.

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