Anxiety and Depression: does seeing green spaces from home help?



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Anxiety and Depression: does seeing green spaces from home help?

Proximity to green areas has a positive impact on our health and fights anxiety and depression. The study: Is a View of Green Spaces from Home Associated with a Lower Risk of Anxiety and Depression? published on the International journal of environmental research and public health for interesting purposes in this regard.

We can read: "Although a large body of research supports the theory that exposure to nature results in mental health benefits, research evidence on the effects of having a view of green space from home is still scarce.

The aim of the present study is to assess the impact that access to a green space view from home has on anxiety and depression. This is a cross-sectional study extracting data from the "2018 Green Spaces, Daily Habits and Urban Health Survey" conducted in Carmona (Spain).

Included variables on sociodemographic and lifestyle, view of green spaces from home, self-perceived health status, and risk of anxiety and depression measured using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). Chi-square tests were used to assess variable's associations and a multiple linear regression models used to identify the variables explaining the risk of anxiety and depression, taking into account sociodemographic characteristics, frequency of visits and view of green spaces from home.

According to our results, adults who enjoy a view of green spaces from home have a lower risk of anxiety and depression."

Pine Island Glacier is collapsing

Pine Island Glacier is collapsing. A very negative scenario is expected for Pine Island, in the Arctic.

Pine Island, the main Antarctic glacier, is thinning at a bewildering rate. The data shows that from 2017 to 2020 the glacier lost large icebergs from the edge, and the recent acceleration could lead to glacier collapse. This is according to the study conducted by scientists from the University of Washington and the British Antarctic Survey, who evaluated satellite images obtained by the European Space Agency's Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission Pine Island Glacier contains approximately 180 trillion tons of ice, which could help raise sea levels by about half a meter on a global scale.

From 2017 to 2020, the platform lost a fifth of its total area. The authors of the study said that the acceleration has not yet reached potentially catastrophic levels, but there is a considerable risk that the situation will worsen in a short time.

Since 2017 the situation has worsened more and more, despite the fact that, according to geologists, the glacier has remained stable for thousands of years. Study authors said: "The Pine Island Ice Shelf is important because it helps retain some of the relatively unstable West Antarctic glacier if all buttresses in the rim were removed, the glacier could flow more rapidly to the ocean and contribute to raise the water level in a really significant way It seems that the glacier is tearing apart with an acceleration of 12%, due to the loss of the edge of the platform.

The processes we had studied in this region seemed to indicate an irreversible event but at a measured rate but now there is the possibility that these events will occur in a much more abrupt way."