Beyond Storms & Droughts: The Psychological Impacts of Climate Change

Research and communications about the impacts of climate change have generally focused on physical impacts, like more extreme storms, rising sea levels, and increasingly severe droughts. Psychological impacts, on the other hand, have received comparatively little attention. The goal of this report is to summarize these and other impacts on human well-being, and provide climate communicators, planners, policymakers, public health officials and other leaders the tools they need to both respond to these impacts and bolster public engagement around climate change.

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2. Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow through the Earth system.
7. The quality of life of individuals and societies is affected by energy choices.

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7.6 Some populations are more vulnerable to impacts of energy choices than others.

7.3 Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.

2.3 Earth’s weather and climate are mostly driven by energy from the Sun.

2.7 The effects of changes in Earth’s energy system are often not immediately apparent.