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Climate Change and Human Well-Being

To facilitate action and enhance resilience to the impacts of climate change it is necessary to understand how climate change will likely affect individuals. Conveying the potential changes to our climate might have more persuasive power if individuals understand how human health and well-being will shift.

In One Earth, DUSP’s Jianghao Wang and Siqi Zheng, along with Nick Obradovich, analyze over 400 million tweets from a sample of 43 million users to demonstrate the associations between climate change and potential decrements in human health and well-being.

"Climate change is clearly a global threat and one whose greatest impacts will tend to be felt by non-Western countries for both economic and geographic reasons,” writes Susan Clayton in a preview of the same issue. "However, most of the research on the impacts of climate change is still centered in North America and Western Europe. In documenting similar impacts of high temperatures in China to those that have been reported in the US, this paper suggests that the impacts of heat on mood transcend country-level variables.”

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