Rainy day depression and seasonal affective disorder are two examples of how weather and seasonal changes can affect people’s emotions. The negative impact of climate change on people’s mental and physical health has recently been revealed.

Writer and former CNN meteorologist Bonnie Schneider writes in her book, Riding the Heat: How Climate Change Affects Your Mind, Body, and Spirit, and What to Do About It.

” People are affected, a study found:

A group of young, healthy college students did the experiment the next day after sleeping in a sweltering environment with or without air conditioning. Those who did not have access to artificial cooling were cognitively more It has done poorly:

Climate change is associated with floods, wildfires, severe thunderstorms and hurricanes of longer duration and higher precipitation. In the United States, 20 natural disasters are expected to reach $1 billion or more in 2021.

Natural disasters affect an increasing number of people every year Burns

and smoke inhalation can result from wildfires Falling objects can injure people in a variety of ways Trauma, loss of community, And migration all have well-documented psychological consequences, which have been shown to persist for years if not decades.

It should also be remembered that natural disasters can affect people’s mental health even if they are not physically harmed. Anxiety can arise when one’s own community is undergoing change. But anxiety can be provoked by simply viewing images of weather destruction on television. It is true, even if the meteorological phenomenon in question has nothing to do with global warming.

What is environmental anxiety and how common is it?

The term “ecological insecurity” refers to people’s concerns about global warming and the future of the planet.

In a global survey of 10,000 people in 2021, 84% of respondents aged 16 to 25 were concerned about climate change. More than 56% of people believed that “humanity is doomed” as a result of climate change, and more than 45% said that their anxiety and fear about the subject had a negative impact on them.

The Climate Psychiatry Coalition and the Climate Psychology Coalition both attest to the widespread prevalence of these concerns, especially among young people. It can disrupt people’s daily routines, make them sleepy, and make them have disturbing thoughts.

What role does climate change play in disease spread?

The extinction of plant and animal species is now a serious problem. Even minor changes to wildlife habitats affect humans. The environment is something we all share.

Infectious diseases experts Anthony Fauci and David Morens published an article on the trend in September 2020. They write that the recent COVID-19 pandemic “reminds us once again that human activity represents aggressive, harmful and disproportionate interactions with wildlife,” which will lead to more disease emergencies in the future. have.

Many vector-borne diseases are affected by environmental changes. Lyme disease can spread to new areas as ticks become more common in northern latitudes as temperatures rise. Lyme disease is notoriously difficult to diagnose, so this can be a serious problem.

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