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Study: Climate change is disproportionately affecting children

PhysOrg: “International research led by Prof. Wim Thiery of the VUB research group BCLIMATE shows that children are to face disproportional increases in lifetime extreme event exposure—especially in low-income countries. Under current climate policy, newborns across the globe will on average face seven times more scorching heatwaves during their lives than their grandparents. In addition, they will on average live through 2.6 times more droughts, 2.8 times as many river floods, almost three times as many crop failures, and twice the number of wildfires as people born 60 years ago. “Our results highlight a severe threat to the safety of young generations and call for drastic emission reductions to safeguard their future,” says Thiery, climate scientist at VUB and lead author of the study…”

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