Young children are highly susceptible to climate related illnesses and the obligation is on adults to offer the providence and care that children require. Researchers embarked some particular summons affiliated with the effects of climate change on the world’s 2.3 billion children and propose ways to confront their under-prioritized requirements.
Madeleine Thomson, PHD, research scholar in the Mailman School’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences said that Children and adolescents are the ones to be deeply affected by climate change which emanates through environmental pollution stemming through human pursuit which is anticipated to expand the immensity and prevalence of paramount events like floods, droughts, and heatwaves and activate humanitarian disasters.
These exigencies amplify an extensive range of environmental submissions that precisely or accidentally impact children but due to their anatomic, cognitive, immunologic, and psychological differences, children and adolescents are extremely endangered to this unfavorable subjection than adults noted Thomson, who is also a faculty member in the International Research Institute for Climate and Society.
For example due to their compact surface to body ratio babies and children are specifically endangered to dehydration and heat stress. Besides, children are more susceptible to respiratory disease, renal disease, electrolyte imbalance and fever throughout purposeful hot episodes. Heat waves are also been displayed to aggravate allergens and air pollution which affect children adversely than the adults because of their undeveloped respiratory and immune systems and their comparatively higher rates of respiration.
Rising temperatures may amplify the possible range of innumerable vector borne illnesses including the Zika virus which backing the 2015 epidemic has deeply impacted the children’s lives and families across Latin America and the Caribbean.