Scientists Confirm That Climate Change is Coming for Your Kids

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Climate change may disproportionately harm children’s health, according to new research in Pediatrics. And the numbers are shocking. Researchers suspect that kids may bear up to 88 percent of the disease burden as temperatures and sea levels rise due to human-caused climate change. Especially worrisome is the projected increase in deaths due to malaria, diarrhea, and nutritional deficiencies—three conditions that hit children the hardest.

“The basic message is that climate change is occurring, and I think it disproportionately affects the most vulnerable populations,” coauthor on the paper Kevin Chan, chairman of pediatrics at Memorial University in Canada, told CNN. “That includes children.”

Although we often think of climate change as ravaging reefs, melting glaciers, and killing off endangered species, scientists have known for some time that global warming will harm human health. Climate change is projected to cause 250,000 additional deaths per year from heat…

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