Wednesday, August 31, 2011
by Hans von Storch
The web-journal "The Sidney Morning Herald" (smh.com.au) has published an article titled "Mental illness rise linked to climate". The article begins with "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.
The report, A Climate of Suffering: The Real Cost of Living with Inaction on Climate Change, called the past 15 years a preview of life under unrestrained global warming."
I wonder if this is a real story, if the report "Climate of Suffering" has really been published, and if the article gives a correct account. Also, if existing: Who wrote the report? What is the "Climate Institute"?