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Biodiversity and our brains: how ecology and mental health go together in our cities

2010-2019: Natural Disasters That Rocked The World This Decade

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2010-2019: Natural Disasters That Rocked The World This Decade: QUEENSLAND FLOODS 2010-2011 Image credit: AAP

Hundreds of thousands have lost their lives, and millions have been displaced around the world in the face of nature’s fury.

Here in Australia, we’ve also seen our fair share of natural disasters devastate communities in every state and sadly as we enter a new decade, a fire emergency is still ravaging parts of the country.

Catastrophic bushfires are continuing to wreak havoc across NSW, Victoria and South Australia, as well as in parts of Queensland and Western Australia…

 

Biodiversity and our brains: how ecology and mental health go together in our cities

Mental health in our cities is an increasingly urgent issue. Rates of disorders such as anxiety and depression are high. Urban design and planning can promote mental health by refocusing on spaces we use in our everyday lives in light of what research tells us about the benefits of exposure to nature and biodiversity.

Mental health issues have many causes. However, the changing and unpredictable elements of our physical and sensory environments have a profound impact on risk, experiences and recovery…

 

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