Health Problems, Global Warming Linked, Per Study

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Guterres said poor mental health during adolescence has an impact on educational achievement and increases the risk of alcohol and substance use and violent behaviour.

In fact, the research reports that short-term exposure to more extreme weather - like getting increasingly hotter over time - and tropical cyclone exposure can be associated with a decline in mental health. The changing climate and the frequency of natural disaster will further cause distress to Americans. Now, thanks to a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, we can add something else to the list: our mental health.

Experts have warned about the adverse effects of global warming such as the rising sea levels, melting ice sheets, widespread coral bleaching, an increase of hurricane activities, etc. He looked at self-reported mental health data for over two million U.S. residents between 2002 and 2012 and compared it to the meteorological records. They called for more studies in the "regions with less-temperate climates, insufficient resources, and a greater reliance on ecological systems" and predicted that these regions may have more "severe effects of climate change on mental health".

As a result, the teams found that Exposure to hotter temperatures was linked to increasing rates of some mental health problem.

The researchers extrapolated that over a 30-day period, a shift of monthly temperature from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius to greater than 30 degrees Celsius would produce 2 million individuals who suffer from mental health issues.

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In fact, a 1-degree C change - or a 1.8-degree F increase - could cause a 2 percent increase in mental health problems in just five years.

Participants of the study were asked about their mental health, including experiences of stress and depression.

He said millions of people are caught up in conflict and disasters, putting them at risk of a range of long-term mental health problems.

Previous studies have confirmed that the United States is already seeing the effects of global warming.

"Surprisingly", Burke told Medical News Today, "these effects differ very little based on how rich populations are or if they are used to warm weather".

Published in the journal Nature Climate Change, one study led by Stanford University economist Marshall Burke found that a 1.8-degree Fahrenheit increase in monthly average temperature causes a 0.7 percent increase in suicide rates in the USA and 2.1 percent increase in Mexico.

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