Climate Change Already Damaging Health of World’s Children, Threatens Lifelong Impact


CU Boulder one of 35 institutions to contribute to the 2019 Lancet Countdown report.

Climate change is already damaging the health of the world’s children and is set to shape the wellbeing of an entire generation unless the world meets Paris Agreement targets to limit warming to well below 2˚C, according to a major new report published in The Lancet.

"It’s important to better understand the links between climate change and public health,” said CIRES fellow Max Boykoff, who contributed to the report with an investigation into media coverage of climate change and public health. “They demonstrate the immediacy of these intersecting challenges—we must approach with careful urgency to alleviate their negative impacts.”

The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change is a comprehensive yearly analysis tracking progress across 41 key indicators, demonstrating what action to meet Paris Agreement targets—or business as usual—means for human health. The project is a collaboration between 120 experts from 35 institutions including the World Health Organisation (WHO), World Bank, University College London, Tsinghua University, and the University of Colorado Boulder.

The report highlights key climate change-related impacts:

Infants will be among the worst affected by crop failures
Children will be particularly susceptible to infectious disease outbreaks
Air quality will worsen—further damaging heart and lung health
Throughout their adult lives, extreme weather events will intensify

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