Oh FFS, “Researchers explore psychological effects of climate change”

From the UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA and the “abnormal people don’t worry about climate change” department comes this load of codswallop. It’s all about messaging, if we didn’t have the MSM pushing the “weather events are now climate driven” BS, for which there is no evidence (even the most recent IPCC report says so), we would not have people “worrying” about it. An online survey of just 342 people was used for this “study”. Shades of Lewandosky…


Researchers explore psychological effects of climate change

Wildfires, extreme storms and major weather events can seem like a distant threat, but for those whose lives have been directly impacted by these events, the threat hits much closer to home.

As reports of such incidents continue to rise, researchers at the University of Arizona set out to learn more about how people’s perception of the threat of global climate change affects their mental health. They found that while some people have little anxiety about the Earth’s changing climate, others are experiencing high levels of stress, and even depression, based on their perception of the threat of global climate change.

While significant research has explored the environmental impacts of climate change, far fewer studies have considered its psychological effect on humans, said UA researcher Sabrina Helm, an associate professor of family and consumer science in the UA’s Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Helm and her colleagues found that psychological responses to climate change seem to vary based on what type of concern people show for the environment, with those highly concerned about the planet’s animals and plants experiencing the most stress.

The researchers outline in a new study, which appears in the journal Global Environmental Change, three distinct types of environmental concern: Egoistic concern is concern about how what’s happening in the environment directly impacts the individual; for example, a person might worry about how air pollution will affect their own lungs and breathing. Altruistic concern refers to concern for humanity in general, including future generations. Biospheric concern refers to concern for nature, plants and animals.

In an online survey of 342 parents of young children, those who reported high levels of biospheric concern also reported feeling the most stressed about global climate change, while those whose concerns were more egoistic or altruistic did not report significant stress related to the phenomenon.

In addition, those with high levels of biospheric concern were most likely to report signs of depression, while no link to depression was found for the other two groups.

“People who worry about animals and nature tend to have a more planetary outlook and think of bigger picture issues,” Helm said. “For them, the global phenomenon of climate change very clearly affects these bigger picture environmental things, so they have the most pronounced worry, because they already see it everywhere. We already talk about extinction of species and know it’s happening. For people who are predominantly altruistically concerned or egoistically concerned about their own health, or maybe their own financial future, climate change does not hit home yet.”

Those with high levels of biospheric concern also were most likely to engage in pro-environmental day-to-day behaviors, such as recycling or energy savings measures, and were the most likely to engage in coping mechanisms to deal with environmental stress, ranging from denying one’s individual role in climate change to seeking more information on the issue and how to help mitigate it.

Although not generally stressed about climate change, those with high levels of altruistic concern, or concern for the well-being of others, also engaged in some environmental coping strategies and pro-environmental behaviors — more so than those whose environmental concerns were mostly egoistic.

“Climate change is a persistent global stressor, but the consequences of it appear to be slowly evolving; they’re fairly certain to happen — we know that, now — but the impact on individuals seems to be growing really slowly and needs to be taken very seriously,”

said Helm, whose co-authors include UA Norton School researchers Melissa Barnett, Melissa Curran and Zelieann Craig, along with UA alumna Amanda Pollitt.

The research, Helm said, has important public health implications.

“Climate change has evident physical and mental health effects if you look at certain outcomes, such as the hurricanes we had last year, but we also need to pay very close attention to the mental health of people in everyday life, as we can see this, potentially, as a creeping development,” Helm said. “Understanding that there are differences in how people are motivated is very important for finding ways to address this, whether in the form of intervention or prevention.”

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The paper: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378017305228?via%3Dihub

Some people have worried about climate change a little too much:

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rocketscientist

People are afraid of the hype caused by the Lame Stream Media. The actual events are anticlimactic.
The fear will subside when the average Joe realizes that there is no wolf and become inured to the hype.

Trebla

For people like me (an octaganarian) I don’t worry about climate change because the climate was changing long before climate change became climate change, if you know what I mean. It’s like being on a rudderless ship being tossed about by the tides and wind. Why worry? You can’t do anything about it. Don’t worry, be happy, as the old saying goes.

Komrade Kuma

Put a zoom lens on an ant, spider or cockroach, voice over in a breathless, melodramatic way stiff like mosnetsr from outer space, or monsters taking over the planet, throw in climate change or not and you will create fear and mental issues for a lot of people who (gormlessly) place ant faith in waht the MSM puts out.

Timo - not that one

Is that “anticlimactic” or should it be “antiCLIMATic”?

Wildfires, extreme storms and major weather events Pyroclastic flows, tsunamis and major seismic events can seem like a distant threat, but for those whose lives have been directly impacted by these events, the threat hits much closer to home.

And???

K. Kilty

+10E6

Latitude

“also engaged in some environmental coping strategies”….It takes someone really sick to constantly come up with this crap

Sheri

Everyone uses coping strategies. It’s how we work.

Greg Cavanagh

environmental coping strategies?

DeLoss McKnight

Environmental coping strategy: It’s cold outside. Do I need a coat, or will a sweater do?

Greg

The usual leftist coping strategy is to change a lightbulb , and talk about renewables on social media. This avoids any need to actually change your own life style and then blame Trump, the Koch Bros and climate deeynerz for the lack of any real change.

LdB

It’s a psychology paper you are free to even argue if that is a science at all and many prominent scientists have expressed a view 🙂

Walter Sobchak

They got a “reputable” journal to publish the results of an internet survey as an article? If any of the authors puts this on a CV as a publication credit, he should be prosecuted for fraud.

barryjo

“Fraud”??? Hey. 15 minutes is 15 minutes.

TA

From the article: “Wildfires, extreme storms and major weather events can seem like a distant threat, but for those whose lives have been directly impacted by these events, the threat hits much closer to home.

As reports of such incidents continue to rise”

The reports may be rising but the incidents of extreme events are not rising, they are in fact, decreasing: Fewer tornadoes, fewer hurricanes making U.S. landfall, fewer wildfires.

MarkW

All they have said is that those who live in areas that are prone to wildfires are more likely to be concerned about wildfires.
Or that people who have already been burned out by a wildfire are more worried about wildfires than those who haven’t.

drednicolson

Or that purple people are more likely to be concerned about one-eyed one-horned flying purple people eaters than non-purple people.

Hugs

People shouldn’t just worry about wildfires, they should learn how to prevent them from being damaging. Fire suppression is part of this, but controlled fires and land-use management are also parts. It is not as if climate change would burn your house. It is land-use, failure to control fuel loads, and fire suppression in the end. I was some time a go visiting an area that has long dry season. What they do there is controlled fires. Buildings are protected by stone walls, pavings and watering. There were fires all around in the landscape, but the buildings were safe.

J Mac

“Helm and her colleagues found that psychological responses to climate change seem to vary based on what type of concern people show for the environment, with those highly concerned about the planet’s animals and plants experiencing the most stress.”

Those who are suffering from delusions already are prone to adding more delusions to their self-induced malaise.

jorgekafkazar

That’s it in a “nut”shell.

ResourceGuy

I would suggest yelling in protest in Tiananmen Square in front of tanks or in the streets of Pyongyang or Tehran.

Sara

Been there, done that, China went modern aftterwards.

What about this guy?
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Sara

Ah, the little man with the shopping bags… I remember it well….

And afterwards, when things were ‘cleaned up,’ the Chinese government said ‘That did not happen here in Beijing.’

Hugs

Poems, well, that is what the ambassador reportedly said, but in fact we have very little means to verify even the number of zeroes there. I’m happy it didn’t escalate to a civil war. I’m sure the Chinese government has also considered this, and is happy.

China is not a democracy, rather a state looking like if it was running based on meritocracy. Very very different from Pyongyang, which is mock-cracy.

China is the new climate leader, we hear. So I guess Trump is right when he ‘digs’ coal. That is what China does.

ResourceGuy

Modern as in banning any references to the massacre and turning up the screws with placement of Communist Party members in every Chinese company and downgrading freedom in HK?

TA

From the article: “They found that while some people have little anxiety about the Earth’s changing climate, others are experiencing high levels of stress, and even depression, based on their perception of the threat of global climate change.”

Some people have little anxiety about the Earth’s changing climate because they see the changes as “business as usual”; they have happened before, while those “experiencing high levels of stress, and even depression” are not looking at the weather, they are reading science fiction stories put out by the Alarmists and the Leftwing Media that are meant to scare them.

Pop Piasa

I think those folks who suffer from anxiety would benefit from a prescription (maybe Escitalopram?).

jorgekafkazar

Zombinol is more effective.

Sara

How about a fifth of Jim Beam and some sliced lemons?

John F. Hultquist

high levels of stress, and even depression, . . .

. . . leads one to see issues where there are none.
The direction of causation is hard to figure out.

,,,because they already see it everywhere.

They "see it" because that is what is artificially hyped by the MSM, politicians and activist organizations, despite real data by reputable scientists and even the IPCC.
In the context of that article, "altruistic" equals "virtue signalling".

Craig Moore

Apparently rising CO2 is good for trees and causes moonbats to flourish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_JPcBwYGmo

Tom Gelsthorpe

How about the psychological effects of being badgered with grotesque exaggerations and false alarms for years on end?

ResourceGuy

While knowing they get promotions and tenure along the way.

PiperPaul

+97 for Tom and ResourceGuy.

TA

From the article: “Helm and her colleagues found that psychological responses to climate change seem to vary based on what type of concern people show for the environment, with those highly concerned about the planet’s animals and plants experiencing the most stress.”

Alarmist don’t seem to have much concern about all the birds being killed by windmills. Skeptics are VERY concerned about the fate of the birds.

It is extremely disappointing that after 7 million years of human evolution, a hominid can utter a string like: “weather events are now climate driven”, an imagine to itself that this is symbolic language, a logically expressive phrase of the kind distinguishing humans from other animals or plants. It is not. It is a vacuous tautology of they type “wetness is caused by water” or “a cold thing is cooled by coldness”.

It is not the first time that hominids have unevolved sentience. Humans are unusual in the animal 🦓 kingdom in being the sole example of their genus, with no close relatives alive. This is because during human evolution modern H sapiens wiped out all other human species such as the Neanderthals, Denisovans and floresiensis. What are now chimpanzees and gorillas 🦍 evolved from hominid ancestors like human ancestors, but were “smart” enough to unevolve rational consciousness and expanded cerebral function, returning to the non-sentient animal world and thereby to safety from human extermination.

With Trump in the Whitehouse it is evidently time for liberal lefties to likewise flee from rational sentience and start on the road back to the jungle and the comfort of simple animal consciousness free from anxiety about climate change.

Concerned about pollution not climate change

In other words, only stupid people are breeding.

sz939

So Much Total BS! Note the “Survey” was taken On-Line. The American Psychiatric Counsel and the “Goldwater Law” BOTH State that Psychiatric Analysis without directly seeing the Patient is not only Stupid and Counter Productive, but it is ILLEGAL! Guess they couldn’t find a Gullible Source for Funding this Idiotic “Survey” despite all the Liberal Funding Largess out there.

M Montgomery

“People who worry about animals and nature tend to have a more planetary outlook and think of bigger picture issues,” Helm said. “For them, the global phenomenon of climate change very clearly affects these bigger picture environmental things, so they have the most pronounced worry, because they already see it everywhere. We already talk about extinction of species and know it’s happening. For people who are predominantly altruistically concerned or egoistically concerned about their own health, or maybe their own financial future, climate change does not hit home yet.”

This is the prima example of why these people get climate change wrong. Everything is in a nice neat little box filled with black and white. There are, of course, only 2 or 3 ways to see a thing. They are the ones who are incapable of dealing with the complexity of life and weather and climate. So a lot of psychological projection going on here. The sciencedirect.com paper is HILARIOUS… reminds me of all those gov’t studies we make fun of (but lament their costs)…the study of the effects of cocaine on Japanese quail, or the study of why Argentina gay men partake in risky sexual behavior when they’re drunk. I counted over 100 of such references for this paper alone! This is their own, very special cozy little artificial economy created to exchange our tax dollars.

Absolutely. Academia must be nuked from orbit – only way to be sure.

MarkW

Or perhaps nuked into orbit?

Hugs

Well that was Pol Pot’s plan (if he only had nukes), and it didn’t end well, did it?

(It’s nice to throw in a pol-pot-card and avoid the hitler-card.)

Except this time it’s the academics who are in the role of Pol Pot. It is the extreme left wing ‘progressive’ academics who are attempting to shut down all dissenting voices through censorship and their main vehicle is language control with ‘hate speech’, safe spaces, microagressions and all the rest. Now that has moved on to gangs of thugs physically assaulting any who disagree. Oh no, I know who the Pol Pot is here and they must be taken down or the civilised Western World is finished.

TA

From the article: ““For them, the global phenomenon of climate change very clearly affects these bigger picture environmental things, so they have the most pronounced worry, because they already see it everywhere. We already talk about extinction of species and know it’s happening.”

Here is another study claiming that CAGW is here today and causing damage. There is no evidence this is true, but that doesn’t stop these people from saying it’s true. They have started out with a false assumption (CAGW is real and affecting the Earth’s climate NOW) and then they extrapolate from there.

There’s no evidence CAGW is here and now, or is causing any damage to Earth or humans. It’s all hysterical science fiction.

Hugs

I find this weaseling

We already talk about extinction of species and know it’s happening.

disturbing, because we do talk about extinction of species, and we know it is happening. It is just that the text implies a totally bogus mass extinction on species which is not happening. And, yet we talk about the the mass extinction. As I did above. They set the story, they circulate it around the daily kos – gaurdian axis, and then conclude it is true, because it was brought to them by their favourite medium.

It is not as if there wasn’t drivel in this blog, but this is a blog, not a prestigious journal. But then when all the smug newspapers, or worse, scientific papers, print very badly founded stuff on the ‘current’ mass extinction, I go nuts. The number of known, living species is increasing every year. It is not decreasing. There is no meat in claims of ‘current’ mass extinction. There are lots of ‘vulnerable populations’, but the talk about extinction is oftentimes mixing up extinction of species with extinction of a population at some limited geographic area. Also, I think some advocate scientists have taken as a challenge to find small populations as they can be weaponized in ecowars.

Sara

Oh, here. I saw this posted by a friend on another website.

The millenials, who want to scream at the sky (because of imaginary monsters) can’t even open a can of beans without fumbling it. And THEY are worried about the environment?

Even Accuweather finally posted an article today that describes the difference between “weather” (immediate and recent) and “climate” (30 years or more). If Accuweather is bending a little, what IS the real problem?

Tom in Florida

I rather liked that some were videoing the process for future reference. I wonder what they would have done when presented with the “John Wayne” opener that came with C-rations.

Curious George

These kids are a product of climate change. It is far more dangerous than we skeptics admit.

Trebla

The can opening feat and the resulting applause is not surprising. How much can you learn with your nose glued to an I phone all day? You can’t see anything other than the latest version of PAC-man. Just stroll by the local Apple outlet. Packs of millennial “studying” the latest game. Calculus anyone?

Roger Knights

It’s possible to open a can without a tool by rubbing its bottom along a concrete surface until it wears through. Takes about a minute.
There are lots of cool tips on YouTube about such lifehacks, and also about tool use tips. It’s very educational.

barryjo

That would be the P-38 opener?

Pop Piasa

Well, I used to scream about stuff when I was 6 or 8… Oh! Silly me, I left out a decade there…

ResourceGuy

Or maybe Accuweather is upping the ante for more climate ad spending and they are threatening normalcy if they don’t get it pronto.

quaesoveritas

To be fair, some of those rotary openers can be crap.
Give me the old fashioned “stab” opener every time.

J Mac

That is painful to watch. Not only is the individual really struggling with this simple task but the audience is paying close attention, as if they had never witnessed such an ‘event’ before.

One time, I impressed our receptionist by opening a can with my Swiss Army knife… I bet no millennials know how to to that… Or use a P38 “John Wayne” can opener… 😉

Randy in Ridgecrest

It is relatively quick and easy to open a can using a fixed blade knife, just jab it in and shear along. I suppose a folding knife would work but you need to think about how you are doing it. Of course, opening a can with a knife requires a knife which might not be something that a millennial crowd has seen.

TA

A P-38 can opener is a great little tool!

David, Not the ole P-38 can opener. Most millennials would be bloodied and bruised and maybe mortally wounded using one of those dangerous things. Heck, even someone that has used them can get nicked using them. I wonder if they are FDA or OSHA banned. After all you have to protect the children.

When my older brother got out of the Marine Corps he gave me a handful of P38’s. He called then “John Wayne” can openers. I used those to open cans for decades.

Back in the late 1990’s, our receptionist couldn’t open a can of soup because the electric can opener in the break room was broken. I opened it with the P38-like can opener on my Swiss Army knife. She literally had no idea cans could be opened like that… LOL!

A couple of years ago I found one of the P-38 can openers in my camper. I gloriously brought it out and asked fellow campers if they knew what it was. No one did. I then started the can opening procedure. It was a tedious process and I actually nicked myself. No one wanted to try it after by grand success or failure.

Gunga Din

I think the K-rations that included the “John Wayne” can-opener also included a packet of “John Wayne” toilet paper.
“Rough and tough and wouldn’t take s**t on off anybody!”

Rhoda R

What a woose! Can’t even get a can opener to work without fumbling all over the place. America is in trouble if these represent our best and brightest.

Roger Knights

Probably the task set for her was to open it without setting it on a surface. That’s not so easy with the opener she was using.

AndyG55

They do realise that both the tin, and the tin-opener are made from metals that require HEAPS of CO2 from COAL, don’t they.

Maybe it was so “ART” display or something.???

Dale S

None of the psychological effects are a result of climate change. They are a result of anxiety about climate change, which isn’t the same thing. It would be like doing research on people on people who fear being abducted by aliens, and then labelling it as “Researchers explore psychological effects of alien abduction”. A more accurate title would be “Researchers explore psychological effects of climate alarmism.”

PiperPaul

+97 very insightful.

AGW is not Science

LOL, +97 indeed

“Climate change has evident physical and mental health effects”
No – it has not. It would be more appropriate to say that:
Climate change alarmism has evident mental health effects.

jorgekafkazar

Yup.

RexAlan

Well climate change alarmism has turned a few people I know nuts.

Jim Heath

I’m worried about worrying, but decided not to worry about it.

Jer0me

That worries me…

afonzarelli

(take xanax… ☺)

eyesonu

I worried about the ones worrying, but that was worrisome when I realized that I was then worrying about my own worries

AGW is not Science

Reminds me of a sign in the back office of my first employer. It read:

“I’ve been reading so much about the bad effects of smoking, drinking, overeating and sex that I’ve decided to stop reading.”

That would be the best “cure” for those who are being “traumatized” by the Eco-Fascist propaganda.

Just stop listening to it.

mike the morlock

They may be right on the effect that the constant reporting of every natural calamity will cause some people stress.
It is comparable with constant reporting of crime, police shootings ( the police being shot). It causes people to believe our society is falling apart. Of course this is not the true, rather some political groups are capitalizing on the tragedies for their own gain, as a group as well as individuals.

Any peer review should have noted that any quantity of bad news would cause the same level of anxiety.

michael

ResourceGuy

So this is where the paid protests of ACORN members ended up and other street money.

Earl Rodd

In John Gittinger’s Personality Assessment System model (pasf.org), there is a factor he called “activity level”. While there has been extensive research and debate on expanding the meaning of this factor to better fit the rest of the PAS model, the original definition was first explained to me as, “L (low activity) means someone inclined to sit and worry about the bomb (this was in the 1960s) and H (high activity) is someone who acts rather than brooding.” In its simplest form, this factor can be measured very simply by comparing a person’s performance on the DSY subtest of the WAIS with the average of their scores. Scores above average (actually a more complex computation, but in concept like an average) are high activity level. So are these psychologists just finding which people are “L” factors? This is a common problem in surveys where psychologists, who should know better, never consider that all they are measuring is whether their sample is dominated by one personality factor or another.

Note: Gittinger headed the Psychological Division of the CIA in Cold War years. While the PAS model was published, not classified, most of the amazing things it was used for which validated the model could not be published so few psychologists learned the model. It is more sophisticated that other personality models and thus takes a lot of experience to be able to make good use of it.

Jer0me

I’d like to see the demographics of where these people live. I grew up in the countryside, spent a fair bit of time in suburban and urban areas, then moved back to live in the countryside.

Nature’s doing fine, with or without our management. Yes we have areas we can improve, as we have been, but few emergencies.

I’ll be willing to bet that most ‘concerned’ people don’t actually live anywhere near nature itself, but in extremely artificial environments.

Gary Pearse

climate stuff in the hands of family, consumer issues and agriculture at the uni of Arizona! So 324 people were surveyed. Doesn’t seem a serious survey by a competent group. The real conclusion that won’t be arrived at is that those expressing the neuroses will be democrat voters who are ill over Trump getting in. With Dems truth is what you want to be true. Google Alinskys Rules.

Their followers are handicapped by the lefty education that has been designed for followers. It is amazing that free thinkers have survived the stacked deck of social engineering of the past couple of generations. I harken back to the amazingly brave dissidents that came up through 4 generations of repression in the soviet union but stubbornly thought for themselves. Im sure the study’s pejorative ‘egoistic’ category are the ones that wouldnt bend (sceptics) to become the designer-brained product desired.

For my own family, I made sure I had a role in their education and in my grandchildrens to the degree possible to counter a lot if this stuff. Hey, they didn’t unthinkingly accept a lot of what I had to say, I’m proud to relate.

Extreme Hiatus

“People who worry about animals and nature tend to have a more planetary outlook and think of bigger picture issues,” Helm said.

No. They are either urban people whose only contact with nature is TV propaganda or people paid to promote worry to support their eco-crisis research etc. industry.

That’s why “they already see it everywhere” because their everywhere is TV and they are now brainwashed to see everything through Green doomsday glasses.

“We already talk about extinction of species and know it’s happening.”

Yes THEY do constantly talk about “extinction” even when it is “extirpation” because the former sounds much more scary. But they almost never specifically mention any thing that has recently gone extinct because it is not really happening. Nor do they mention that extinction is part of evolution.

Big Pharma propagandizes (advertises) to promote fake or dubious worries too. It works.

“People who worry about animals and nature tend to have a more planetary outlook and think of bigger picture issues,” Helm said. “For them, the global phenomenon of climate change very clearly affects these bigger picture environmental things, so they have the most pronounced worry, because they already see it everywhere. We already talk about extinction of species and know it’s happening.”

Pure confirmation bias.

Climate change to date, whatever the actual sources, is imperceptible.
They can not “know” extinctions are happening; because they just are not happening.

people who worry about animals and nature need to relearn their priorities. It’s a bit obvious they’re used to getting fed and kept warm without any personal efforts on their part.

As far as screaming at the sky, I thought they already did; and the ground, and squirrels, at clouds, wateralls, balloons, and anything they imagine might be even remotely conservative…

Hugs

They can not “know” extinctions are happening; because they just are not happening.

There is a low base rate of species generation, and a low rate of extinctions going on all the time, and there is no reason to think why land-use changes by humans would not cause some additional extinctions.

The real problem is genetic bottlenecking, and this is serious with some crop plants that don’t exist in the nature or are nearly disappeared as wild species. We should react on things before an extinction or a serious genetic bottleneck happens.

Hugs:
You make a claim, without proof. Then you immediately contradict the claim while attempting to buttress your extinction claim.

Nature happens.
Extremely small limited populations at in constant danger of extinction. Which happens when minor mutation changes allow small populations to thrive in a small locale.

But, do those small populations truly represent extinction events? All too often, small populations are related to much larger populations.
In a world where species splitters find any excuse for to declare and name a new species, or DNA tests that allow identifying any mutation; exactly what defines extinction amongst large populations over closely related life?

An incredible amount of mankind’s crops are based on plants that require substantial intervention by mankind for wide growing area distribution or large dense populations. Without man’s crop tending and harvest then replanting seeds, these crops quickly die out.

These traits have passed down through many generations and their descendants still require mankind to plant, till, harvest those plants. Over the course of 4,000 to 8,000 years, these plants have lived on an extinction brink that does not eliminate the original ancestor plants in the wilds where they were originally found. e.g. maize

All that would be lost, are the sum total of mutations, mankind identified, separated and bred future crops based on that uniqueness. e.g. Corn’s current many rows of large seed kernels instead of the original plant(s) double row of small seeds.

Man has been practicing crop genetic modification for millennia.

Genetic bottlenecks may be salvation for life, as well as an extinction danger.
Look up what is described as mankind’s genetic bottleneck; yet mankind did not become extinct. Instead, that bottleneck event may have set mankind up for the success mankind currently enjoys.

Small genetic differences that are overwhelmed in large populations can allow small populations to adjust to changing conditions faster.

Tom Judd

In my own personal studies of human behavior I have found that those who believe in alien abductions, or have personally witnessed the phenomenon, are the most disposed to experience anxiety or depression over any report whatsoever (regardless of how insanely ridiculous it almost invariably is) of a UFO sighting.

Abedee, abedee, abedee; that’s all folks!

PiperPaul

Leftists drive you nuts and then call you crazy. Perfect.

eyesonu

The leftists drive each other nuts and then call us crazy! Projection.

Curious George

Journal Global Environmental Change. Not only Global Change, but Environmental as well. That’s a double red flag.

Argus

Could it be that exaggerated concern for the environment is a symptom of a pre-existing depression rather being causal?

knr

‘those highly concerned about the planet’s animals and plants experiencing the most stress.’

Oddly you find the same for sport fans , with the biggest fans being most effected by a teams performance, and religions people with the ‘faithful’ taking it very hard indeed when their dogma is challenged.
Given there both based on lack of logic and poor understanding , with a refusal to deal with reality as it is , rather as people want it to be, you can see how it does relate to AGW followers ,

To further that sentiment, government or any external “authority” is also a religion. It takes faith en masse and obedience for it to have any power, and that power is always wielded in the form of the initation of violence upon the non-violent dissenters. All too often I see religion skeptics (with whom I agree) not recognizing their own religious illogic.
The same goes for atheists, the religion of nothingness or the religion of chance. Strict materialists who only accept the terms with which they set to be the only valid means of discovery of truth. It requires every bit as much faith as those of the spiritual nature who believe in both the material and immaterial, or a creative force with purpose.

What I appreciate about this site and its commenters is that there are diverse opinions about many important issues. Simulaneously, there is an intelligent element and quality of insight that is unmatched on many other websites. Anthony, I am very appreciative of your efforts. Thank you.

It has been a long, arduous journey breaking away from the flock. Unfortunately, I’ve come back to the cave to free the other slaves, but good gracious they love their chains. That ‘programming’ has a hell of a hold on the slaves.

Stevek

Any predicted warning by the Team is grossly exaggerated, CO2 is good for plants, and even if somehow the alarmists were correct engineers could easily geo engineer to cool earth.

Stevek

Warming

afonzarelli

Steve, posted any bstarr comments over at spencer’s lately? (the good doctor really blew a gasket that day, didn’t he?)…

Stevek

Lol , I kinda feel bad about doing that !! But is was pretty funny !

Area Man

Anthony, I believe you’d be doing a great service (for taxpayers in particular) if you would lead the call for all published studies, and all subsequent related news stories, to include two simple pieces of information:

1) the amount of funding consumed in the research project
2) the source of that funding

That grassroots call should be for news organizations to refuse to publish stories on the findings of such research if those two pieces of information are missing from the research publications.

rubberduck

Sydney University has a full-time Professor of Climate Change and Mental Health: http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/people/academics/profiles/helen.berry.php

Universities sure ain’t what they used to be.

Michael Jankowski

I think it sounds like the proper combination…

jorgekafkazar

Are they fer it? Or ‘gainst it?

Greg Cavanagh

In the media
Helen has engaged extensively with print, radio and television.

Yup, not surprised at all.

Bruce Cobb

Climate hypers can lead to climate bedwetting and diapers.

Barbara

Issue the climate hypers energy ration coupons and then let them get along on their whatever energy rations they are allowed. Maybe then they would have cause to worry.

Home heating oil was rationed during WW 2 and people had to get through the winter the best they could.

icisil

So basically people with mental issues obsess about climate.

Steve Zell

Those in the Midwest and Northeast caught in subzero cold might not be stressing very much over a degree or two of “average” warming over the next century. They are eagerly awaiting a much stronger warming phenomenon called “spring”, and the will only have to wait a few months.

4 Eyes

I get depressed, by stupidity. And I am not concerned about climate change because the sea level at my childhood beach hasn’t changed in 50 years and the highest temperature ever recorded in Oz happened 57 years ago and my grandpa’s diaries show 1939 had an obscenely hot summer in South Oz and the worst drought in Oz happened over 100 years ago and yesterday an alarmist said that the 2015/2016 el Nino was in fact a super el Nino which means the AGW temperature was even less than they thought and…and..

PiperPaul

those with high levels of biospheric concern were most likely to report signs of depression

Although if you lose your job due a relentless war on reliable energy while your taxes and bills go up due to government funding of unreliable energy, that could cause depression, too.

MarkW

“with those highly concerned about the planet’s animals and plants experiencing the most stress”

Translation, those pre-disposed to worry about non-existent threats are the most likely to worry about other non-existent threats.

BallBounces

Clearly this site is biosphereophobic.

Patrick MJD

Why is it that women researchers come up with rubbish like this?

David Dibbell

From the article, “Those with high levels of biospheric concern also were most likely to engage in pro-environmental day-to-day behaviors, such as…” It hurts to think this was probably written without the slightest thought of the greening of the biosphere supported by the combustion of fossil fuels. So pardon me while I engage in the pro-environmental day-to-day commute while returning some much-needed carbon dioxide to help the planet thrive.

joelobryan

One word: Xanax

willhaas

Climate change has been going on for eons and will continue to happen whether mankind is here or not. The climate change we have been experiencing is caused by the sun and the oceans over which mankind has no control. Climate change is happening so slowly that it takes very sophisticated instruments decades to even detected it. Since becoming a home owner more than 40 years ago the climate zone where I live has not changed one IOTA. Extreme weather events are part of our current climate and no one knows how to make extreme weather events to stop happening. What some people think is climate change are really weather patterns and cycles that are part of the current climate. It is just like the weather, everyone complains about it but no one really does anything about it. If you do not like the weather then file a complaint with the local weather schedular. It you do not like the climate then file a complaint with the local climate schedular. If you think the current climate is bad, the real culprit is Mother Nature and is the one to sue. Lots of luck on collecting on a judgement against Mother Nature.

Gerald Machnee

I solved the problem. I just call it what it is – Weather. There, now get off your asses and get back to work!

Mike Bromley the Kurd

“As reports of such incidents continue to rise”

(While the frequency of incidents doesn’t change)

RobbertBobbert

Worry Warts worry more about Existing and Non Existing worrisome issues than do Non Worry Warts.
Academics must be having a competition to come up with, and get published, the most gobsmackingly STOOPID research Paper. There simply must be a Multi Million Dollar prize on offer. While Climate Science and its fakeness/adjustments is having a genuine shot at The Prized Title it is odds on that some Climate Science Quackery of Humanities/Arts/Communication Fantasy will romp home in the contest.
Do Not Send Your Daughter to Academia Mrs Worthington.

Roaddog

Evolution Needed Here.

zemlik

doctor, doctor,
“Sometimes I think that I am two wigwams”
“You are too tense”

“Doc, tell me the truth — what’s wrong with me?”
“You have Tom Jones syndrome.”
“I’ve never heard of that. Is it rare?”
“It’s not unusual.”