Global climate change and children's health

Katherine M. Shea, Michael W. Shannon, Dana Best, Helen J. Binns, Joel A. Forman, Christine L. Johnson, Catherine J. Karr, Janice J. Kim, Lynnette J. Mazur, James R. Roberts, Elizabeth Blackburn, Mark Anderson, Sharon Savage, Walter Rogan, Paul Spire

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Abstract

There is a broad scientific consensus that the global climate is warming, the process is accelerating, and that human activities are very likely (>90% probability) the main cause. This warming will have effects on ecosystems and human health, many of them adverse. Children will experience both the direct and indirect effects of climate change. Actions taken by individuals, communities, businesses, and governments will affect the magnitude and rate of global climate change and resultant health impacts. This technical report reviews the nature of the global problem and anticipated health effects on children and supports the recommendations in the accompanying policy statement on climate change and children's health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e1359-e1367
JournalPediatrics
Volume120
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2007

Keywords

  • Child
  • Climate change
  • Global warming
  • Health
  • Pediatric
  • Sustainable development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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