Declines in mental health associated with air pollution and temperature variability in China

“The epidemiological links between mental health and environmental factors are being increasingly examined in the context of the global challenges associated with climate change.”

“This study, as published in Nature (2019), has been authored by Tao Xue, Tong Zhu, Yixuan Zheng and Qiang Zhang.

The abstract says:

“Mental disorders have been associated with various aspects of anthropogenic change to the environment, but the relative effects of different drivers are uncertain. Here we estimate associations between multiple environmental factors (air quality, residential greenness, mean temperature, and temperature variability) and self-assessed mental health scores for over 20,000 Chinese residents. Mental health scores were surveyed in 2010 and 2014, allowing us to link changes in mental health to the changes in environmental variables. Increases in air pollution and temperature variability are associated with higher probabilities of declined mental health. Mental health is statistically unrelated to mean temperature in this study, and the effect of greenness on mental health depends on model settings, suggesting a need for further study. Our findings suggest that the environmental policies to reduce emissions of air pollution or greenhouse gases can improve mental health of the public in China …”

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