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Flat White

Climate psychology

24 April 2024

3:00 AM

24 April 2024

3:00 AM

Climate change is the gift that keeps on giving. We are familiar with the havoc it is supposedly wreaking on our weather. But this apparently is not even the start of it. According to a new book (The Weight of Nature: How a Changing Climate Changes Our Minds, Brains and Bodies, by Clayton Page Aldern), climate change is also having a profound adverse effect on our inner life.

In hotter and more humid conditions, the author asserts, people’s test scores plummet, anti-social behaviour rises, and the scope for free will narrows.

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