New climate report warns next generation will face severe health issues

Climate change makes children more vulnerable: Report

Climate change risks 'unprecedented implications' on human health

However, if the world succeeds in limiting global warming to well below 2C, as required under the Paris Agreement, a child born in the United Kingdom today could see an end to coal use for power generation by their sixth birthday and significantly cleaner air across the country over the next decade.

This annual report tracks 41 climate health risk indicators including flood and drought, national climate adaptation planning, clean energy investment, and media coverage of climate change and health.

"Children are particularly vulnerable to the health risks of a changing climate", Nick Watts, co-author of a report tracking the relationship between health and climate change, said in a statement.

He warned that the damage to health in early childhood is "persistent and widespread, quot; and has consequences for a lifetime".

Globally, concern about successful actions has surged because President Donald Trump left the global Paris Accord on climate change and required measures to dismantle environmental protections.

Nothing short of a 7.4% year-on-year cut in fossil Carbon dioxide emissions from 2019 to 2050 will limit global warming to the more ambitious goal of 1.5°C.

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He concludes, "With the full force of the Paris Agreement due to be implemented in 2020, we can't afford this level of disengagement".

"The climate crisis is one of the greatest threats to the health of humanity today, but the world has yet to see a response from governments that matches the unprecedented scale of the challenge facing the next generation".

According to the researchers, one of the most immediate and lasting threats to climate change is air pollution. The changing climate means that there is an increased likelihood of outbreaks of diseases, like cholera, even in countries where the disease is not generally found. Global temperature has already increased by 1 degree celsius above pre-industrial levels, a United Nations report said past year.

"This year, the accelerating impacts of climate change have become clearer than ever", says Hugh Montgomery, co-chair of the report.

Meteorologists say human-caused climate change is increasing the "frequency and severity" of unsafe bushfire conditions.

Another key trend predicted in the study is a rise in infectious diseases, which spread more readily in hot weather and can be spread by events such as flooding.

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Already, the number of days when conditions are ripe for the spread of the water-borne bacteria Vibrio, a major cause of debilitating diarrhea, has doubled since 1980, with a year ago ranking second-highest on record, the report said. It's worth pointing out that rising temperatures also impact work productivity - and in 2018, a total of 45 billion potential work hours were lost due to rising temperatures (compared to the year 2000). While older populations in every region of the world are vulnerable to heat extremities, the highest increases in vulnerability were seen among the elderly living in the Western Pacific and African regions.

And the children, those that The Lancet's report suggests will be most affected by global heating, are rallying too. This is especially damaging to children as their lungs are still developing.

Global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels continue to rise-up 2.6% between 2016-2018.

The data gathered by researchers from different universities outlines extensive health damage from climate change, such as unsafe levels of air pollution contributing to 2,800 premature deaths in Australia in 2016.

"Whereas the file highlights the results of local weather commerce on other folks of all age groups, right here what we strive to manufacture is to bring the heart of attention motivate on kids, on anecdote of there is a sense of urgency about the difficulty", the professor at Contemporary Delhi's Public Neatly being Foundation of India instructed news agency PTI. Upto 14 of its cities made it to the list of the world's 20 most polluted cities.

On air pollution, the new research calculates that small particulate matter - known as PM2.5 - would cost Europe €129bn a year if emissions remained at 2016 levels. For example, 152 out of 196 countries saw an increase in people exposed to wildfires in the past 15 years.

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