Science

Climate change threatens children's health across the globe

Students participate in a protest against climate change in Mumbai, India.
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.

In photos: Catastrophic wildfires ravage eastern Australia

A CFA Member works on controlled back burns along Putty Road. Crews are working hard to gain the upper hand after devastating fires tore through areas near Colo Heights.
A CFA Member works on controlled back-burns along a major road north of Sydney. Photo: Brett Hemmings/Getty Images

Australia's catastrophic wildfires have killed a fourth person, as firefighters battled more than 120 fires in the eastern states of New South Wales and Queensland on Thursday, the BBC reports.

Why it matters: Thousands of people have fled the fires, which are raging amid dry, windy conditions in eastern Australia The states of New South Wales and Queensland have declared states of emergency. Now, authorities in Western Australia are warning of "extremely dangerous conditions," per the BBC.