burnIt’s not just bad . It’s also bad… for our kids! This is confirmed today by a study conducted by (United State). Children are especially vulnerable to climate change and air pollution. . Especially since the two seem to be able to interact to affect health – Or mentality – for the little ones. In particular, those who are socially or economically disadvantaged.
Researchers cite many examples of how . is usedFossils can affect children. Did you know, for example, that exposure to Like the one we’re currently experiencing – is it linked to an increased risk of preterm birth? Did you know that extreme weather events have already displaced more than 50 million children from their homes? Nearly a million children in the United States alone in 2020. Did you finally know that about 7.4 million children were exposed to the smoke of the wildfires that swept the United States between 2008 and 2012.
about theToday, it particularly affects one billion children who are exposed to levels considered very high. By using the switch, the increased risk of death, as well as developmental disorders are reduced or mental health problems.
Adaptation measures in addition to mitigation measures
The researchers stress the need to act now simultaneously on two fronts. An adaptation that aims to protect children. This mitigation aims to reduce the use of fuelsresponsible for both climate change and air pollution.
Adaptation measures include providing clean water to children and families who encounter themand implementing early warning systems and air pollution, or simply create shaded living areas. and combating the inequality that exists in Specific climate and pollution measures must be linked to programs deployed to reduce poverty and discrimination.
The researchers also note that counseling is available to help identify children at particular riskor air pollution. Because the risk varies in particular according to the presence of an underlying disease – such as asthma – or geographic location – such as warmer urban areas or those most at risk of flooding. And even from poor mental health – from anxiety that can arise, for example, after being forced to move in the aftermath of a forest fire.
For all of these reasons, researchers are calling on health professionals to pay special attention to children and their families, to screen those most at risk and educate them about risks and possible adaptation and mitigation solutions.
Climate change will affect the health of those born today
A report published in the medical journal scalpel She details how climate change will affect the health of children born today. Asthma, stroke, heart risks from air pollution, and the effects of poor nutrition and the resulting infectious diseasesIt will continue into adulthood.
Futura article with Agence France-Presse-Relax News published on November 14, 2019
Asthma, heart risks from air pollution, infections and poor nutrition due to global warming… If nothing is done against climate change, the health of children born today will be increasingly threatened throughout their lives, experts said in a report published Thursday. ” TheIt will determine the health of an entire generation Dr Nick says responsible for this report. Published in the medical journal scalpel A few weeks before the International Climate Conference (COP25), it’s echoing like Swedes’ fears of it. It became the slogan of the world.
Air pollution will affect children born today
” If things remain as they are, then withAnd climate change continues unabated, a child born today will live in a world 4 degrees warmer on average by the time he turns 71, threatening his health throughout his life.Write the authors. Children are particularly vulnerable to the health risks associated with climate change. Their bodies and immune systems are still developing, making them more vulnerable to diseases and pollutants Dr Watts of the University of London’s Institute of Global Health argues.
However, the health consequences It continues into adulthood ” And the ” last for life confirms, demands Take immediate action by all countries to reduceFrom “.
This report is the 2019 edition of a document published annually scalpel; authorized” Countdown to health and climate change », it measures 41 key indicators on these two topics and is implemented in cooperation with 35 institutions, including the World Health Organization (WHO),and universities.
This year, researchers are focusing on the health of young children. Among their concerns is air pollution. ” during theAnd into adulthood, a child born today will breathe more toxic air, due to fossil fuels and made worse by rising temperatures. provides the report.
” This is especially harmful for young people, as their lungs are still developing He adds, listing the possible consequences: Decreased lung function, worsening asthma and increased risk of infectionand stroke According to the report, global emissions of fossil fuels continues to increase (2.6% increase between 2016-2018) ” And the ” premature deaths related to ) PM 2.5 stagnated at 2.9 million worldwide “.
Another frightening effect of climate change: the increase inInfectious diseases, to which children are especially susceptible. In question, a transition to a warmer climate with more rain. This would promote the development of bacteria responsible for diarrheal diseases or as well as spread vectors of infection.
” driven by climate change,It is the fastest spreading viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes in the world “, warns the report.” Nine of the ten best years to move Occurred since 2000, allowing mosquitoes to invade new areas in Europe According to researchers.
Warming should be limited to less than 2°C
They are also concerned about the phenomenon of malnutrition that could be caused by rising temperatures, leading to lower yields and thus higher food prices.
Finally, and more generally, the report’s authors note that a child born today will be increasingly exposed to extreme weather events:floods or forest fires. These researchers consider it important Limit global warming to less than 2°C As provided for in the Paris Agreement. and claim it Impacts of climate change on health at the forefront of the COP25 agenda At the beginning of December in Madrid.