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Climate change getting you down? You may not be only one, says UA study

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Although many studies investigate the physical impacts of climate change, such as rising sea levels and more intense storms, very few ask how worrying about a changing climate could be affecting someone’s mental health. A January study published by University of Arizona researchers in the journal Global Environmental Change did just that. The researchers found that concern about climate change negatively impacts mental health, and that people who are primarily concerned about nature, plants and animals are most affected. “I think it’s very important to realize … that it may become a more pronounced problem for mental health,” said Sabrina Helm, an associate professor at the University of Arizona’s Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences and one of the researchers conducting the study. The research team investigated how stressed people were about climate change, to what extent they used various...

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