Climate change anxiety in China

HKUST IEMS Thought Leadership Brief No. 84


Kim-Pong Tam, Hoi-Wing Chan

Climate change anxiety, marked by negative feelings and significant impairments in functioning, is observed among one fifth to one third of respondents in Chinese research samples. Climate change anxiety may lead to the development of broader mental health issues, such as depression and generalized anxiety. Some sectors in the Chinese public (e.g., the elderly) appear to be more susceptible to the experience of climate change anxiety. Policy strategies aimed at identifying susceptible groups and implementing effective and scalable interventions are recommended. 

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