— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) November 11, 2016
According to the group’s report, examples of the effects global warming could have on children’s health include:
- Increased susceptibility to injury or death, posttraumatic stress, loss of caregiver, disrupted education and displacement as a result of weather events such as floods, hurricanes, and droughts.
- Damage to lung function and growth due to increased air pollution.
- Increased waterborne and food-borne illnesses, including infectious diarrhea, from increased temperatures and disrupted food supplies.
- Increase in infectious diseases spread by mosquitoes and ticks, such as West Nile virus, malaria, and Lyme disease.
- Increased exposure and vulnerability to heat-related conditions such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
Researchers say children are often most vulnerable to adverse health effects from environmental hazards.