Climate scientists should be “allowed to cry” to help deal with the “grief” of documenting environmental decline, academics have argued. Writing in the journal Science, British researchers likened the field of climate science to military service or law enforcement and called on universities to adopt similar strategies to deal with emotional distress. Quoting Charles Darwin, they argue that scientists who are not encouraged to process their “emotional trauma” risk losing their critical faculties. It comes amid increasing concerns from some in the psychological community about the dangers of so-called “eco-anxiety”, although many contest the existence of the phenomenon. Tim Gordon, lead author of the letter and a marine biologist from the University of Exeter, wrote: “We’re documenting the destruction of the world’s most beautiful and valuable ecosystems, and it’s impossible to remain emotionally detached.
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