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COP27: Climate anxiety is rising – it might be a good thing

COP27: Climate anxiety is rising – it might be a good thing

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Getty ImagesBy Georgina RannardBBC News Climate & ScienceGlobal leaders are about to meet for another UN climate summit - COP27 starting in Sharm el-Sheikh on Sunday - and the reality of climate change for many people can be overwhelming.Record-breaking heatwaves, devastating floods in Pakistan, and drought in East Africa - and that is just this year.It is no surprise that climate anxiety is rising, particularly among young people, who have mostly only known a world affected by climate change.But experts and activists have told BBC News that these fears can actually be good news for the planet."People are who really aware of climate change may be more motivated to take action," University of Bath environmental psychologist Prof Lorraine Whitmarsh says.Her research has found a link betw...
CDC: Depression, anxiety continue rise in U.S. due to COVID-19 pandemic

CDC: Depression, anxiety continue rise in U.S. due to COVID-19 pandemic

Health
March 26 (UPI) -- More than 40% of adults in the United States experienced symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorders at some point between August 2020 and the end of January, according to data released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over the roughly six-month period, the percentage of adults reporting symptoms of these disorders nationally increased from to 42% from 36%, roughly a 17% jump, the data showed. Advertisement The percentage of adults across the country who took a prescription for one of these disorders during this time rose to 25% from 22%. As of the end of January, 12% of adults of all ages nationally indicated that they needed mental health treatment, but did not receive it, up from 9% in early August. The trends are likely linked with the ongoi...
Study: 33% of U.S. adults suffer from anxiety, depression related to COVID-19 pandemic

Study: 33% of U.S. adults suffer from anxiety, depression related to COVID-19 pandemic

Health
Feb. 19 (UPI) -- One-third of adults in the United States report experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a study published Friday by JAMA Network Open found. In addition, 30% said they suffered from stress related to the pandemic and the lockdown measures put in place to contain the spread of the virus, the data showed. Advertisement Just under 12% indicated that they have contemplated suicide since the start of the pandemic, the researchers said. Although most of those who reported mental health problems related to the global crisis had a history of "psychiatric" diagnoses, more than 15% of them did not, according to the researchers. "These findings underscore the broad impact that the pandemic ... has had on peoples' lives," study co-author ...
Distancing, less physical activity during pandemic cause stress, anxiety to soar

Distancing, less physical activity during pandemic cause stress, anxiety to soar

Health
Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Anxiety and depression have been widespread during COVID-19 lockdowns this spring, due in part to social distancing and a decline physical activity, two surveys published Thursday showed. In the first survey, published by PLOS ONE, 42% of identical and same-sex fraternal twins reported declining physical activity levels in March during the early stages of the new coronavirus outbreak in the United States. Advertisement The lack of physical activity, along with genetic and shared environmental factors, might have contributed to increased stress levels among the twins, but raised anxiety among the participants could not be directly attributed to their reduced physical activity, the researchers said. In the second survey, released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...
High anxiety: Proposed US hemp rules worry industry

High anxiety: Proposed US hemp rules worry industry

Health
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Hemp growers and entrepreneurs who were joyous a year ago after U.S. lawmakers reclassified the plant as a legal agricultural crop now are worried their businesses could be crippled if federal policymakers move ahead with draft regulations. Licenses for hemp cultivation topped a half-million acres (200,000 hectares) last year, more than 450% above 2018 levels, so there's intense interest in the rules the U.S. government is creating. Critical comments on the draft have poured in from hemp farmers, processors, retailers and state governments. Growers are concerned the government wants to use a heavy hand that could result in many crops failing required tests and being destroyed. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the agency writing the rules, estimates 20% of hemp lots w...