Tracking ‘Ecological Grief’

The manifestations of climate change vary from place to place, but from city centers to the American Southwest and beyond, the anxiety and despair that comes extreme weather has begun to show. Amid this “ecological grief,” researchers have found a spreading decline in mental health and an uptick in suicidal thoughts.

Land inhabited by the Inuits in Canada is warming twice as fast as the global average. The wake of Hurricane Katrina saw a doubling in suicide and suicidal thoughts. Inland, 95+-degree days are happening more and more often, as researchers link rising temperature to rising incidence of suicide.


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