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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

Children's health uniquely affected by climate change

Children’s health ‘uniquely’ affected by climate change, paediatricians say Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, according to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP).

 

The statement, published in the online journal Pediatrics on Monday, urged paediatricians and politicians to collaborate to protect children from climate-related threats. Such threats include natural disasters, heat stress, lower air quality, increased infections, and threats to food and water supplies. “Because of their growing minds and bodies, children are uniquely vulnerable to changes in their environment,” said Dr Samantha Ahdoot, the statement’s lead author and assistant professor of paediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. The AAP, which represents 64 000 paediatricians and other health professionals who specialise in caring for children, also released a technical report that offered scientific evidence linking climate change to issues of child health, development, wellbeing and nutrition. Refers to the technical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Global climate change and children's health.

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