Today’s babies won’t know life without climate change, new report warns

The report comes as Australia suffers some of its worst wildfires in living memory

It found that overall, Australia is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change on health, and that policy inaction in this regard threatens Australian lives. Their bodies and immune systems are still developing, leaving them more susceptible to disease and environmental pollutants.

"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.

Globally, concern about effective action has surged since U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned the global Paris Accord on climate change and took steps to dismantle environmental protections.

As children, this next generation faces growing risks from climate-related hazards like less nutritious crops and spreading diarrheal disease. This type of bacteria is responsible for diarrhoea and cholera. Nine of the 10 most suitable years for the transmission of dengue fever have occurred since 2000.

The impact of air pollution on our health, which is already "dangerously high", would get worse.

"While India is joining the global shift towards renewable energy, it still overwhelmingly relies on coal for electricity, with an 11% increase in its energy from burning coal in 2016-2018, compared to less than a 1.5% rise in China".

Extreme weather events are likely to proliferate as temperatures climb, posing increasingly frequent economic disruption.

Data collected by the researchers indicated that the number of wildfire exposures to human populations in Canada increased from an average of 35,300 from 2001 to 2004, to 54,100 from 2015 to 2018.

The report also warns of rising exposure to threats such as wildfires globally.

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India experienced the largest increase in exposures to both heatwaves and wildfires.

She said: "Over the past two decades, the Government of India has launched many initiatives and programmes to address a variety of diseases and risk factors". A * a href="https://info.thelancet.com/e2t/c/*W1LrtcD4GBvwvW8-h1704DRkPY0/*W8b51Lk7cWq-FW1zPzC175pXkT0/5/f18dQhb0Sq5J8XYcl9W7cBCZh2qwv31N2Mv_8h6zlC_Mf5mSvXD6prW39Dr-N8pCDJGVYF4SQ4sj28SW4vgKM197-20SW2y4hcw7dDNWjN1fkGplKzm2PN5nYjTX6nKnZVtMd0d4gt1GhW7vVGZr1ZGV0sW1Hn5c78Z3fw_W49wcLf2LRNVfW4bJ02h4b_rKwW7MbC3t490HkzVWnFLM4LQF1XW7-XB_567h1CPW8r5GVd2GRw4YW3HtrQn2K4XMjW8tzC3F8q-1tCN1KK-PMRFkK4W5G18Kh3y9KYQW3dgtM78xxq25W8Lm9nB64mtStW8DrH2T3JXrXjW5jLQ8l2YxJYBW3hljJl3G4pHvW3Hshdp8n13gxW32ZBJB44bP3WW3Mrz1Q8h48M-N2_1dpNGnvgKN8gLShs-2jvKW5qdVyj3bRSDQW38n8Z43J2RWzW6wydXJ392FRmW6pszzL4PxC8jW448gSD2vTNBmW3CptcZ3C89K2W5jDjWk2HFyVjN1-TgvCWDM00W2vC-QR3VSsPXW4ChLZW2B62VwW1Lq4s-15G6l5W7FRK5n5D9pDsVrVprC56gBW-W3JJQRQ412wT00" *new report from The Lancet Countdown shows that climate change is already harming human health worldwide, especially young children and the elderly.

One of the major Australian concerns expressed by the report is the health effect of heatwaves, which according to Associate Professor Yuming Guo, can be linked with higher suicide rates. These people are not able to respond adequately also because the public health challenge is compounded by poor health health systems and infrastructure.

Parts of New South Wales and Queensland have faced drought which the Bureau of Meteorology says is being driven, in part, by warmer sea temperatures. The report also said the cholera version of Vibrio has increased almost 10%. "Unless we take some serious action now, by the time they reach they reach their second, third or fourth decade of life, things will be very different because they will be living in a world that will be at least 4 degrees warmer", she said.

Perhaps the most important takeaway from this 48-page issue is that unless the world collectively meets the Paris Agreement targets to limit global warming to below 2°C, climate change - and our inaction - will, with a cruel certainty, impair the health of future generations.

Some of the apparent health impacts of climate change made the news as the report was released. Due to the warming local weather, 29% further of the USA shoreline is susceptible to Vibrio.

Nothing short of a 7.4 per cent year-on-year cut in fossil Carbon dioxide emissions from 2019 to 2050 will limit global warming to the ambitious goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius, it says.

They would also feel deadliest impact of disease outbreaks.

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