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.