Why do most people want to live in places where there’s plenty of sun?
Posted On July 18, 2021
The weather can be a problem, too.
“You can’t have a beautiful spring and sunshine all the time,” said Robert Smith, a professor at the University of Washington, who studies the relationship between climate change and health.
“But if you can have good rainfall and good temperatures, and if you’re close to a river, it’s very nice.”
The best way to prevent the worst effects of climate change is to be as adaptable as possible.
Smith and his colleagues surveyed more than 50,000 Americans, finding that they were more likely to say they wanted to live closer to the ocean than near the mountains.
The researchers also found that, if they lived in a warmer climate, they were less likely to worry about water pollution and heat waves.
The study, which is published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, also found a connection between climate and health, with the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and obesity falling.
“It’s not that the weather’s bad; it’s that we’re not as adaptability-minded as we could be,” Smith said.
In other words, the best way for Americans to avoid climate change-induced health problems is to live more weather-efficiently.
“There’s not much difference between the weather being really good and being really bad,” Smith added.
This story was originally published by National Geographic.