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Climate change refers to the long-term changes in climate systems as a result of warming from greenhouse gas emissions (1). Associated consequences are ocean warming, rising sea levels, land use change, as well as increased frequency and intensity of natural disasters (2). Natural disasters are also referenced within Adulthood Trauma.


Climate Change Risk

Risk Factor

The consequences of climate change have been associated with direct and indirect negative effects on depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (3). 



1.        Masson-Delmotte V, Zhai P, Pörtner H-O, Roberts D, Skea J, Shukla P, et al. Global Warming of 1.5°C. 2018.

2.        Hayes K, Blashki G, Wiseman J, Burke S, Reifels L. Climate change and mental health: risks, impacts and priority actions. Int J Ment Health Syst. 2018;12(1):28.

3.        Bourque F, Cunsolo Willox A. Climate change: The next challenge for public mental health? Int Rev Psychiatry. 2014 Aug 19;26(4):415–22.


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