International report says warmer world is unhealthier place for children
Different health problems
Children are growing up in a warmer world that will hit them with more and different health problems than their parents experienced, an international report by doctors said.
What's harming public health?
With increasing diarrhea diseases, more dangerous heat waves, air pollution and increases in mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever and malaria, man-made global warming is already harming public health around the world, the annual climate change and health report from the medical journal The Lancet said Wednesday.
Grimmer future for the youngest
The report and its authors said they worry that the future health of the world's youngest people will get even grimmer if emissions of heat-trapping gases aren't curbed.
Increasing Vibrio days
Already, the number of days when conditions are ripe for the spread of the water-borne bacteria Vibrio, a major cause of debilitating diarrhea, have doubled since 1980 with last year ranking second highest on record, the report said. Because of the warming climate, 29% more of the U.S. coastline is vulnerable to Vibrio. The report also said the cholera version of Vibrio has increased nearly 10%.
Dengue hitting children harder
Nine of the top 10 years where conditions were most ripe for dengue fever transmission have occurred since 2000, the report said.
Those diseases hit children harder, the report said.
The main victims
Children, the elderly, the poor and the sick are most hurt during extreme heat with dangerous overheating, respiratory disease and kidney problems.