Empirical evidence of mental health risks posed by climate change

“These results provide added large-scale evidence to the growing literature linking climate change and mental health.”

This research article has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and co-authored by Nick Obradovich, Robyn Migliorini, Martin Paulus, and Iyad Rahwan.

Concerning the article’s significance, the authors say:

“Wellbeing falters without sound mental health. Scholars have recently indicated that the impacts of climate change are likely to undermine mental health through a variety of direct and indirect mechanisms. Using daily meteorological data coupled with information from nearly 2 million randomly sampled US residents across a decade of data collection, we find that experience with hotter temperatures and added precipitation each worsen mental health, that multiyear warming associates with an increased prevalence of mental health issues, and that exposure to tropical cyclones, likely to increase in frequency and intensity in the future, is linked to worsened mental health. These results provide added large-scale evidence to the growing literature linking climate change and mental health …”

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