Potential Mental Health Effects of Climate Change More Relevant Than Ever

Illustration of human being in between climate change before and after

There is a surprising link between climate change and mental health that you need to know about, and if you’ve never thought about how environmental policies may affect you at different levels, now’s the time to expand your knowledge on the topic.

According to a recent report from the American Psychological Association (APA) and ecoAmerica, climate change has the ability to not only increase interpersonal aggression, but also cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and that’s not all.

But First, How Serious Is Climate Change?

Climate change might not be all “doom and gloom” on the level of Al Gore’s global warming movie predictions, but according to scientists, it is happening all around us, and it could lead to major and violent natural occurrences (hurricanes, tornados, floods), as well as to an insidious change over many years.

Data from NASA’s Global Climate Change program shows many effects of climate change are the result of small variations in Earth’s orbit, but some changes are directly the result of mankind’s influence on the environment, including:

  • Rising global temperatures
  • Warming and rising oceans
  • Declining of Arctic ice
  • Decreased snow cover
  • Increased oceanic acidity

Global climate change is also a reason more extreme weather events are popping up around the globe, states NASA.

What are the consequences of these environmental changes? Among others, global climate change could lead to:

  • Food shortages
  • Mass migration
  • Water shortages
  • Spread of diseases

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