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Climate change threatens mental health too: Study

PARIS (AFP) - Flooding, drought and superstorms boosted by climate change are not only poised to ravage human habitats but mental health as well, according to Australian researchers. 'The damage caused by a changing climate is not just physical,' they said in a report released this week by the Brain and Mind Institute at the University of Sydney. 'Recent experience shows extreme weather events also pose a serious risk to public health, including mental health and wellbeing, with serious flow-on consequences for the economy and wider society.' Scientists still lack the tools to directly link a given weather episode to long-term climate patterns, but mounting temperatures and increasingly frequent disasters worldwide suggest that global warming has already begun to exert a magnifying impact.

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