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The re­cent re­port from the United Na­tions In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change was dev­as­tat­ing: we can, among other things, ex­pect “mas­sive food short­ages, end­less wild­fires, and coastal flood­ing” by the year 2040. But cli­mate change is also set to have con­se­quences for our men­tal health. A study, car­ried out by the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy’s Me­dia Lab, saw re­searchers an­a­lyse re­cent me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal data from the US, as well as men­tal health data from the Cen­tre for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion. They found that a one-de­gree in­crease in av­er­age tem­per­a­ture was linked to a two per­cent in­crease in the preva­lence of men­tal-health is­sues over a five-year pe­riod. And, re­searchers say, those most likely to be af­fected are women with lower in­comes and pre­vi­ous men­tal-health is­sues.

Cli­mate change is set to have con­se­quences for men­tal health

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