Craig A. Anderson, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, and Andreas Miles-Novelo, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology, have published a book, “Climate Change and Human Behavior: Impacts of a Rapidly Changing Climate on Human Aggression and Violence.”
The monograph was recently published by Cambridge University Press.
Much of the current rhetoric surrounding climate change focuses on the physical changes to the environment and the resulting material damage to infrastructure and resources. Although there has been some dialogue about secondary effects (namely mass migration), little effort has been given to understanding how rapid climate change is affecting people on group and individual levels. In this Element, we examine the psychological impacts of climate change, especially focused on how it will lead to increases in aggressive behaviors and violent conflict, and how it will influence other aspects of human behavior. We also look at previously established psychological effects and use them to help explain changes in human behavior resulting from rapid climate change, as well as to propose actions that can be taken to reduce climate change itself and mitigate harmful effects on humans.