Climate change threatens mental health

October 10, 2018 - By Justin Balkhi

Is it possible that climate change can make a harmful impact on our mental health? Apparently, it is. The new study says that climate change is not only harmful for birds and animals, water sources, our health problems, it also may influence on our mental processes.

Researchers used meteorological information and combined it with the data from 2 million residents of the USA in 10 year retrospective. It gives them evidence that hotter temperatures across the USA worsen mental health of residents.

According to the Ph.D. from MIT Nick Obradovich, their research has revealed that changes in our weather can not only alter our usual moods but increase risks of suicide, for example. He says that before their study, there was no particular discussion of the impact of climate changes on the mental health.

The research was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The group of scientists gathered the data and made large-scale quantification of risks for mental health made by climate change.

Scientists picked all the information from climate econometrics to understand if there are any links between mental health and climatic conditions in the past. They also checked the data from 2 million Americans reported in Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System from 2002 to 2012 years. In this report, respondents had to answer how many days during the last month they felt that their mental health was not very good, including depression, stress, and emotions.

That data was compared to the report of rising heat across the USA.

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