Warming Climate Will Damage Children’s Health Most, Have Life-Long Impacts, Lancet Countdown Report Says

CNBC: Climate change is damaging the lifelong health of children across the world, medical officials warn
“Climate change is already damaging the health of children, and its impacts will harm the entire generation with serious health problems throughout their lives, according to a new report from the medical journal The Lancet. Scientists and health experts from 35 academic institutions and United Nations agencies said that children will suffer from a rise in infectious diseases, malnutrition, and air pollution if global warming continues on the current trajectory…” (Newburger, 11/13).

Reuters: Climate change exposes future generations to life-long health harm
“… ‘Children are particularly vulnerable to the health risks of a changing climate. Their bodies and immune systems are still developing, leaving them more susceptible to disease and environmental pollutants,’ said Nick Watts, who co-led The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change study. He warned that health damage in early childhood is ‘persistent and pervasive,’ and carries lifelong consequences…” (Kelland, 11/13).

TIME: How Climate Change is Clobbering Kids’ Health
“…Finally, there are the diseases that thrive in a warming world. The most troubling explored in the Lancet study are malaria and dengue fever — which, again, take particular aim at children. The investigators found that both diseases are on the rise, more or less in lockstep with climate. The incidence of dengue fever in particular is already as much as 9.8% above pre-2012 baselines…” (Kluger, 11/13).

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