Increased rates of mental illness tied to climate change - no, really

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RATES of mental illnesses including depression and post-traumatic stress will increase as a result of climate change, a report to be released today says.

The paper, prepared for the Climate Institute, says loss of social cohesion in the wake of severe weather events related to climate change could be linked to increased rates of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress and substance abuse.

As many as one in five people reported ''emotional injury, stress and despair'' in the wake of these events.


The paper suggests a possible link between Australia's recent decade-long drought and climate change. It points to a breakdown of social cohesion caused by loss of work and associated stability, adding that the suicide rate in rural communities rose by 8 per cent.

The report also looks at mental health in the aftermath of major weather events possibly linked to climate change.

It shows that one in 10 primary school children reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in the wake of cyclone Larry in 2006. More than one in 10 reported symptoms more than three months after the cyclone.

Correlation between the very real chemical and biological changes in the mind as a result of trauma and theoretical climate change may be the most nonsensical connection warmists have tried to make yet. It isn't a question of apples and oranges - more like elephants and ants. In order for this theory to work, you must show climate change as a given fact - the only possible explanation for the weather events catalogued - when any scientist worth their salt can give alternative explanations for droughts, cyclones, and other weather events. If there are reasonable alternative explanations, the theory collapses as a result of its reliance on the wholly theoretical.

It's desperation time for warmists. Space alien attacks, hurricane tracks, earthquakes - the list of events tied to global warming recently has been staggeringly stupid.

I miss a good old fashioned hot spell being blamed on global warming. Times have changed and so have the tactics of the warmists.

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