This article discusses how Climate Change Will Affect Mental Health As It Gets Worse, A New Study Shows.
In the wake of the landmark United Nations report on climate change comes more concerning environmental research. The UN report, issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, already painted a devastating future full of food shortages, coastal flooding, and wildfires by as early as 2040 if global sustainability efforts aren’t made soon. But in case you needed another reason to take climate change seriously, researchers have found that a rise in global temperatures is associated with an increase in mental health issues, linking the effects of climate change to mental health.
The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, used the self-reported mental health data of nearly 2 million Americans from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to CNN. The study combined that information with daily meteorological data from 2002 to 2012. The team also looked at individual cities’ warming and mental health reports, where they found that a temperature increase by one degree Celsius over the course of five years was linked to a two percentage point increased presence of mental health issues. The results also associated experience with hotter temperatures to worsened mental health.