Climate Change Risks the Lifelong Health of All Kids Alive Today

As Vox wrote yesterday, climate change is already impacting the health of millions around the world, from expanding the range of disease-carrying mosquitoes to worsening chronic kidney disease to increasing the frequency of deadly heatwaves. But the worst effects will fall to the youngest, and most dire for them lie ahead, as is the conclusion the Lancet’s 2019 Countdown report.

The highpoints of the report:

  • A child born today will experience a world that is more than 4˚C warmer by the time they turn 71 years old, which will threaten their health at every stage of their life.
  • According to Nick Watts, executive director of the Lancet’s Countdown,“We have no idea what that looks like from a public health perspective, but we know it is catastrophic. We know that it has the potential to undermine the last 50 years of gains in public health and overwhelm the health systems we rely on.

Worth Noting: Watts explained that “In 2019, for this report, this is the first time that we feel as though we can say actually these health impacts have arrived in full.” Without swift, global cooperation on climate action, we are dooming every child alive today to far worse health outcomes than that of their parents.

Why This Matters: By not taking drastic action on climate change we’re gambling away our children’s future. This report shows it’s not hyperbole to say so. On the other hand, this is the point we should be making when we talk about climate change–it makes it very personal when people understand the risks that their children and grandchildren will face as a result of a warming planet. Climate change is undeniably a public health crisis.

Go Deeper: Get a better understanding of the Lancet report in these 9 charts from Wired.

Up Next

Extreme Heat Threatens Babies In Utero

Extreme Heat Threatens Babies In Utero

Just a couple of weeks ago we wrote about a study that revealed that a child born today will experience a world that is more than 4˚C warmer by the time they turn 71 years old, which will threaten their health at every stage of their life. Now, a new study shows that climate change […]

Continue Reading 451 words
Don’t Let Food Contamination Spoil Your Thanksgiving

Don’t Let Food Contamination Spoil Your Thanksgiving

CNN reported that dozens of people have fallen ill across more than 15 states from food contamination in recent days.  Keep reading for the products to avoid — especially lettuce in pre-packaged bags and romaine lettuce from Salinas, California.

Why This Matters:  No one wants to have Thanksgiving ruined by foodborne illnesses that are preventable if you get the warning.    So watch closely for any warnings and food recall notices that the government puts out.

Continue Reading 489 words

Mark Ruffalo Uses Star Power to Push For Passage of PFAS Legislation

Yesterday, in a tour-de-force of star power, the actor and activist Mark Ruffalo crisscrossed Washington. D.C. — from a Washington Post Live event, to a Capitol Hill press conference, to testifying at a House hearing answering questions from Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, to a screening of his new film “Dark Waters” at the Motion Picture Association –– all to make the point that it is high time for the government to act to keep the public safe from a little-known but ubiquitous toxin called PFAS (also known as “Forever Chemicals” because they never break down) that can now be found in the bloodstream of 99% of all Americans

Continue Reading 601 words