Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Beyond Storms & Droughts: The Psychological Impacts of Climate Change
This is pseudo-science. The full "report" is here. There is NO research into climate change contained in it at all. It is at best colorful propaganda. The arguments in it are of the kind: "Big storms upset people. Therefore climate change will upset people." Any mention of the fact that extreme wind events have been less frequent in recent years is not to be found in this tripe
So their arguments are in the form of a syllogism with a premise that is both missing and false
The impacts of climate change on the world are often obvious, like the sight of retreating glaciers in Alaska or the slow creep of rising seas that are washing big portions of southern Louisiana out into the Gulf of Mexico.
But look at it from a different perspective, and it's clear that some of the biggest impacts from Earth's rapidly warming climate occur within us as human beings, like the sense of loss and trauma felt by hurricane survivors after everything they know – their homes, workplaces, churches, really their entire community – is swept out to sea.
How we'll handle experiences like these in a world changed by global warming is the subject of a new report, "Beyond Storms and Droughts: The Psychological Impacts of Climate Change," by the American Psychological Association and ecoAmerica, an environmental advocacy group devoted to climate change and sustainability issues.
Both organizations issued the report as a wake-up call to all Americans, whom they say can expect "broad psychological impacts" on their well-being and health from climate change.
That means a future with heightened levels of stress, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, as well as a loss of community identity – if nothing is done to stop or slow emissions of industrial-produced greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).