Global Climate Change & Children’s Health

February 6, 2008

What are the anticipated health effects of climate change on children’s health? According to a recent policy statement put out by the American Academy of Pediatrics, children are likely to suffer disproportionately from environmental hazards as a result of climatic changes. Possible health consequences include: climate-sensitive infectious diseases, increases in air pollution and heat-related illnesses, and increased vulnerability from natural disasters. The policy statement includes mitigation and adaptation strategies and recommendations to pediatricians and government. Click here to read the policy statement.