Climate crisis inflicting huge ‘hidden costs’ on mental health

26th May, 2021

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A man walks through a flooded street caused by Hurricane Eta in Planeta, Honduras, in 2020. Photograph: Delmer Martinez/AP

The climate crisis is damaging the mental health of hundreds of millions of people around the world but the huge costs are hidden, scientists have warned. Heatwaves are increasing rates of suicide, extreme weather such as floods and wildfires are leaving victims traumatised, and loss of food security, homes and livelihoods is resulting in stress and depression. Anxiety about the future is also harming people’s mental health, especially the young, the scientists said in a report.

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