Doctors: Warmer World Is Unhealthier Place For Children

Associated Press
November 14, 2019 - 7:34 am
In this Aug. 20, 2019 file photo, a relative embraces a young patient receiving treatment for dengue at the University School Hospital in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A new international report by doctors says children are growing up in a warmer world that will hit them with more and different health problems than their parents experienced.

Wednesday’s report says global warming is already worsening conditions that spread diarrhea diseases, more dangerous heat waves, air pollution and increases in mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever and malaria.

But the report in the medical journal The Lancet focuses on an even grimmer lifetime health outlook for children born this year if emissions of heat-trapping gases aren’t curbed. Study authors say children, along with the elderly, sick and poor, are hit hardest by climate-worsened illnesses.

Study co-author Dr. Renee Salas, a Boston emergency room physician and professor at Harvard, says there is no greater health emergency.

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