YahooNews Auckland University child health researchers are calling for action by health professionals over the risks they say climate change poses to the wellbeing of children.
They will shortly publish in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health a report on the climate change implications for child health in Australasia.
Climate change was the greatest health threat of the century, but responses could be tailored to help produce healthier people in a more equal society and more sustainable economy, the researchers said.
“Much can and should be done to avoid the worst effects,” they said.
One researcher, public health specialist Dr Jamie Hosking, told NZPA that children were “especially vulnerable” to climate change.
There was likely to be an increase in extreme weather events, such as more intense storms, floods, and droughts, and children who were smaller and less strong than adults would face higher risks from extremes of heat and flooding.
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