Alternate title: Bill McKibben explained
I’ve had about two dozen emails wanting me to carry this from the Sydney Morning Herald:
RATES of mental illnesses including depression and post-traumatic stress will increase as a result of climate change, a report to be released today says.
The paper, prepared for the Climate Institute, says loss of social cohesion in the wake of severe weather events related to climate change could be linked to increased rates of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress and substance abuse.
As many as one in five people reported ”emotional injury, stress and despair” in the wake of these events.
OK, well then, just a thought or two.
1. The average daily diurnal temperature variation varies greatly with location and latitude and altitude. From Wikipedia: High desert areas typically have the greatest diurnal temperature variations. Low lying, humid areas typically have the least. This explains why an area like the Snake River Plain can have high temperatures of 38°C (100°F) during a summer day, and then have lows of 5-10°C (40-50°F). At the same time, Washington D.C., which is much more humid, has temperature variations of only 8°C (15°F). Source: M. Hackworth “Weather & Climate” course notes, with prior permission
2. Moving from Boston to Tampa Florida for retirement or a job, or even a brief trip to Disney World subjects a human to a climate change from this:
3. The agreed upon climate change (aka “global warming”) signal over the last century is (according to GISS) is:
About 0.8°C or 1.44°F.
Yes that must be it, that tiny variation over 100 years, an order of magnitude or more smaller than daily and seasonal variation is what’s causing the loss of social cohesion and making people worldwide crazy.
4. Or, random acts of severe weather for which there are no trends:
Yep, case closed.
How many words do the Aborigines of Australia have for crap?
5. On the other hand, maybe they are looking at this the wrong way, from Voxy.co.nz in 2010:
6. By the way, this recent report from the Australian Climate Institute cited in the SMH article is old news. This is recycled crazy from 2008.
Climate change and mental health
Prabhat Kumar Chand* and Pratima Murthy
The physical health impacts of climate change, especially infections, allergies and
respiratory and cardiovascular diseases are now well recognized. However, the mental health impact of such change, especially in Asian countries became topical after the Asian tsunami. In this article, we attempt to look at the diverse aspects of climate and mental health: seasonal climate variation and its effect on mental health, extreme weather conditions and their psychological impact and specific climatic disasters and their consequences.
Read the whole report from 2008 from the World Health Organization here:
Sounds familiar, there might be plagiarism afoot, better send in John Mashey. o_O