Nov 14, 2019

Climate change threatens children's health across the globe

Caitlin Owens, author of Vitals

Students participate in a protest against climate change in Mumbai, India, in 2019. Photo: Himanshu Bhatt/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Climate change is creating a warmer world, and a new international report says children growing up in it will face more health problems than their parents did, per AP.

The big picture: Climate change is already impacting people's health — through problems like increasing diarrhea and mosquito-borne diseases — but that'll get worse if greenhouse gas emissions aren't curbed, per the report, which was published in the medical journal The Lancet.

What they're saying: "Children are the most vulnerable. They will bear the vast majority of the burden of climate change," Nick Watts, an Australian emergency room physician and the lead author of the report, told AP.

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