LIT­TLE LIVES

Good Health Choices - - Be Informed -

Cli­mate change spells bad news for the planet, but a new study has shown that its ef­fects are also bad for our kids’ health. Cli­mate change has sev­eral doc­u­mented health ef­fects, in­clud­ing an in­creased range of dis­eases like malaria and dengue fever, changed ex­po­sure to toxic chemicals, wors­ened poverty, and food and phys­i­cal in­se­cu­rity. Now a pa­per pub­lished in the jour­nal Pe­di­atrics has found that 88 per cent of the dis­ease bur­den from cli­mate change falls on chil­dren aged five and younger. Re­searchers say that as well as their in­creased sen­si­tiv­ity to ex­treme heat, chil­dren are hit es­pe­cially hard by in­fec­tious dis­eases, air pol­lu­tion and food in­se­cu­rity. Co-au­thor Rebecca Pass Philips­born says, “Kids are not just small adults. Their phys­i­ol­ogy is dif­fer­ent; how they re­spond to the en­vi­ron­ment is dif­fer­ent.”

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