Nature and Human Health

Review Articles and Meta-Analyses

Nature and mental health: An ecosystem service perspective (free access)
Bratman et al. (2019). Nature and mental health: An ecosystem service perspective. Science Advances, 5: eaax0903. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aax0903

A systematic review of evidence for the added benefits to health of exposure to natural environments (free access)
Bowler, D. E., Buyung-Ali, L. M., Knight, T. M., & Pullin, A. S. (2010). A systematic review of evidence for the added benefits to health of exposure to natural environments. BMC Public Health, 10: 456. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-10-456

Nature and health (free access)
Hartig, T., Mitchell, R., de Vries, S., & Frumkin, H. (2014). Nature and health. Annual Review of Public Health, 35, 207-228. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-publhealth-032013-182443

What are the benefits of interacting with nature? (free access)
Keniger, L. E., Gaston, K. J., Irvine, K. N., & Fuller, R. A. (2013). What are the benefits of interacting with nature? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 10, 913-935. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph10030913

Healthy nature healthy people: ‘Contact with nature’ as an upstream health promotion intervention for populations (free access)
Maller et al. (2005). Healthy nature healthy people: ‘Contact with nature’ as an upstream health promotion intervention for populations. Health Promotion International, 21, 45-54. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dai032

The effect of contact with natural environments on positive and negative affect: A meta-analysis
McMahan, E., & Estes, D. (2015). The effect of contact with natural environments on positive and negative affect: A meta-analysis. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 10,507–519. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17439760.2014.994224

Water and Well-Being

Residential exposure to visible blue space (but not green space) associated with lower psychological distress in a capital city
Nutsford, D., Pearson, A. L., Kingham, S. & Reitsma, F. (2016). Residential exposure to visible blue space (but not green space) associated with lower psychological distress in a capital city. Health & Place, 39, 70-78. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2016.03.002

Neighbourhood blue space, health and wellbeing: The mediating role of different types of physical activity (free access)
Pasanen, T. P., White, M. P., Wheeler, B. W., Garrett, J. K., Elliott, L. R. (2019). Neighbourhood blue space, health and wellbeing: The mediating role of different types of physical activity. Environment International, 131: 105016. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2019.105016

“I’m always entirely happy when I’m here!” Urban blue enhancing human health and well-being in Cologne and Düsseldorf, Germany
Völker, S., & Kistemann, T. (2013). “I’m always entirely happy when I’m here!” Urban blue enhancing human health and well-being in Cologne and Düsseldorf, Germany. Social Science & Medicine, 78, 113-124. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.09.047

Blue space: The importance of water for preference, affect, and restorativeness ratings of natural and built scenes
White, M., Smith, A., Humphryes, K., Pahl, S., Snelling, D. & Depledge, M. (2010). Blue space: The importance of water for preference, affect, and restorativeness ratings of natural and built scenes. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 30, 482-493. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2010.04.004

Coastal proximity, health and well-being: Results from a longitudinal panel survey
White, M. P., Alcock, I., Wheeler, B. W., & Depledge, M. H. (2013a). Coastal proximity, health and well-being: Results from a longitudinal panel survey. Health & Place, 23, 97-103. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2013.05.006

Biodiversity and Well-Being

Biodiversity and human health: Mechanisms and evidence of the positive health effects of diversity in nature and green spaces (free access)
Aerts, R., Honnay, O., & Van Nieuwenhuyse, A. (2018). Biodiversity and human health: Mechanisms and evidence of the positive health effects of diversity in nature and green spaces. British Medical Bulletin, 127, 5-22. https://doi.org/10.1093/bmb/ldy021

Go greener, feel better? The positive effects of biodiversity on the well-being of individuals visiting urban and peri-urban green areas
Carrus et al. (2015). Go greener, feel better? The positive effects of biodiversity on the well-being of individuals visiting urban and peri-urban green areas. Landscape and Urban Planning, 134, 221-228. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2014.10.022

Biodiversity and the feel-good factor: Understanding associations between self-reported human well-being and species richness (free access)
Dallimer et al. (2012). Biodiversity and the feel-good factor: Understanding associations between self-reported human well-being and species richness. BioScience, 62, 47-55. https://doi.org/10.1525/bio.2012.62.1.9

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