Health Problems, Global Warming Linked, Per Study

Desiree Burns
October 12, 2018

In fact, a 1-degree C change - or a 1.8-degree F increase - could cause a 2 percent increase in mental health problems in just five years.

"While the precise magnitude of these climate-induced adversities is hard to estimate, the theoretical relationship between climate change and mental health risk is compelling", the study author notes.

It also recommended investing in mental health resilience-building through parents and teachers; and psycho-social provision in schools and community spaces, especially in hardship contexts such as conflict and natural disaster settings.

Specifically, the shift from average monthly temperatures between 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit) and 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) to averages greater than 30 related to a 0.5 percentage point increase in the probability of mental health difficulties.

"We don't exactly know why we see high temperatures or increasing temperatures produce mental health problems", said Nick Obradovich, lead author of the study and a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab. They sorted the participants into four groups according to their income and found that the effect of high temperatures on mental health was 60 percent greater for those at the bottom of the economic ladder than for those at the top.

Published Monday in the journal PNAS, the study looked at mental health issues and compared them to climate data in search of trends.

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They especially point out that the number of suicides of women aged under 25 has increased by 76% over the past 10 years. Athletes and staff will have access to a mental health screening programme when they join and leave the elite set-up.

Especially significant given the dire United Nations climate change report is the authors' finding that people affected by Hurricane Katrina had a 4 percent higher prevalence of mental-health issues than people in comparably sized communities who had not experienced a natural disaster. "It is time to act on mental health".

Next, the team analysed longer-term warming and mental health reports in individual cities.

Mental health problems of people affected by the hurricane Katrina were compared with those who were unaffected. 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.

The global health organisation said this in a report: "Coming of age: Adolescent health" to mark the World Mental Health Day commemorated on Wednesday.

He said millions of people are caught up in conflict and disasters, putting them at risk of a range of long-term mental health problems.

The researchers named a few, including the fact that rising temperatures may force some people to move, uprooting their entire lives. Hot weather discourages people from exercising and makes it harder to get a good night's sleep, and studies suggest that sleep deprivation increases the risk of depression.

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