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Climate change is more than just a threat to our environment; it’s a danger to our children’s health and academic performance. A recent report by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has shed light on the alarming consequences that even a slight increase in global temperatures can have on our youngest generation.
According to the EPA’s findings, a 2-degree temperature increase corresponds with a 4 percent decline in achievement per child, while a 4-degree increase results in a 7 percent reduction. The report also highlights that pediatric emergency department (ED) visits are on the rise between May and September. Asthma-related pediatric ED visits are projected to increase by 5,800 a year at 2 degrees and by about 10,000 a year at 4 degrees.
The report also warns of a surge in overall asthma diagnoses among children, particularly those associated with particulate matter and ozone. With a 2-degree temperature increase, asthma diagnoses are expected to rise by 34,500 per year and by 89,600 per year at 4 degrees, along with an increase in premature newborn deaths.
Children of color are particularly vulnerable to asthma diagnoses linked to particulate matter, and the research indicates that worsening wildfire activity poses a significant threat to children’s health. Additionally, exposure to wildfire smoke has been associated with a higher risk of premature births.
The consequences of Climate change extend beyond children’s health. If we don’t take action to mitigate its effects, about 185,000 children will lose their homes due to coastal flooding if global sea levels rise by 50 centimeters. Furthermore, a sea level rise between 50 and 100 centimeters could temporarily displace more than one million additional children.
EPA Administrator Michael Regan emphasized the importance of understanding the health risks Climate change poses to children, stating that it is crucial for developing effective and equitable strategies to protect current and future generations.
The EPA’s report serves as a stark reminder that we must act now to address the climate crisis and advance Environmental justice. So let’s do our part, whether it’s reducing our carbon footprint, supporting eco-friendly policies, or raising awareness about the issue. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of our children and secure a healthier, safer future for all.
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