June 20th, 2018

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After Fleeing War, Refugee Children Face Lasting Psychological Trauma







(Repeat): Climate Change Could Have Wide-Ranging Effects on Mental Health

ATLANTA — Climate change may have surprising and wide-ranging effects on mental health, experts say.

That's because climate change is both a root cause of mental health crises and a "threat multiplier," meaning that it makes existing mental health problems worse, said Dr. Lise Van Susteren, a psychiatrist in private practice and an advisory board member for the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health...

For example, researchers have documented a link between extreme climate and weather events and higher levels of aggression, Van Susteren said. A 2013 study published in the journal Science found that increases in temperature and extreme rainfall are associated with increased levels of conflict between individuals, and between groups, she said.


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EMU - Walking through the sunset

Late in the afternoon today, I found an emu.

Early this week I bought a large #7 boomerang from the traditional owners of the land out here. What you do is hold it up high in the air and dance from side to side. The Emu will walk straight towards you and think you are an emu, or an idiot. Hence how I was able to get this close to a wild emu today.

The other trick is to lie on your back and pretend to ride a pushbike. Emu are naturally curious and will walk right up to you. However the boomerang is a good trick to remember, and I will be using it again. Saves getting completely covered in dust, which you want to avoid doing if you can.

Walking through the golden sunlight is a very unique experience out here, and as the land comes alive and the colours come through the lens as you see it here. It is a really special place.

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