'Nature is heavy' – how climate change affects the brain

Evidence is mounting that mental health and the natural environment are closely linked

Photo collage of a vintage medical illustration of the brain; in one of the diagrams, the brain has been replaced by an image of the Earth.
(Image credit: Illustration by Julia Wytrazek / Getty Images)

Soaring rates of anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, Alzheimer's and motor neurone disease may be related to rising temperatures and other environmental changes, according to a new book.

The climate crisis has spurred "visceral and tangible transformations in our very brains", wrote Clayton Page Aldern, author of "The Weight of Nature", in The Guardian. As the planet "undergoes dramatic environmental shifts", so too does our "neurological landscape".

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