A word that describes pleasure + dread?

asked 2016-05-10 19:17:06 -0500

Ferris gravatar image

I'm a journalist who writes on climate change. As temperatures have gotten warmer, many people have told me that they enjoy the warmer weather, but that the pleasure is tinged with anxiety/worry/dread about what climate change means for the future.

Is there a word to describe this mental state? I'd like to hear from linguists in English and other languages.

Us humans being how we are, I imagine there are lots of words out there that mean "current enjoyment + fear of future disaster."

I'd also be interested to hear what sort of words, phrases or linguistic changes you have noticed that relate to climate change.

Thanks so much for the help.

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