GOOD

Pediatricians Say Children Are ‘Uniquely’ Threatened by Climate Change

“Failure to take prompt, substantive action would be an act of injustice to all children.”

Children in Dhaka, Bangladesh, via Flickr user Development Planning Unit University College London

A leading child health association says climate change is particularly terrible for children.


In a policy statement released Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said children are more susceptible to the global changes, which include elevated pollen levels as well as more intense heat waves and storms. The AAP represents 64,000 of the country’s pediatricians.

“Because of their growing minds and bodies, children are uniquely vulnerable to changes in their environment,” wrote Dr. Samantha Ahdoot, the statement’s lead author and a professor of pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.

The statement, which was accompanied by a technical report, acknowledges the “wide consensus” in the scientific community on the human influence on the climate. It draws links between child health and the following factors.

  • Heat-related illnesses, like heat stroke. These put young infants and athletes at risk.
  • Air quality. A number of climate change effects are associated with poorer air quality, such as a higher concentration of smog, toxic smoke produced by more wildfires, and elevated pollen levels.
  • Infectious diseases, particularly Lyme disease, West Nile virus, and childhood diarrhea.
  • Extreme weather events, which impact children’s mental and physical health.
  • Food security. Agricultural industries and food prices are deeply affected by extreme heat, droughts, flood, and rising sea levels

The children who will bear the brunt of these effects will be among the world’s poorest, the pediatricians write.

Standing on the beach in the Maldives, via Flickr user Nattu

The report also outlines a broad plan to reduce humans’ effect on the atmosphere. It includes working to promote medical education opportunities and forming wide coalitions across disciplines to address climate change at local and national levels.

“Given this knowledge, failure to take prompt, substantive action would be an act of injustice to all children,” the statement concludes.

(Via The Guardian)

Articles
via Jason S Campbell / Twitter

Conservative radio host Dennis Prager defended his use of the word "ki*e," on his show Thursday by insisting that people should be able to use the word ni**er as well.

It all started when a caller asked why he felt comfortable using the term "ki*e" while discussing bigotry while using the term "N-word" when referring to a slur against African-Americans.

Prager used the discussion to make the point that people are allowed to use anti-Jewish slurs but cannot use the N-word because "the Left" controls American culture.

Keep Reading
Politics

Step by step. 8 million steps actually. That is how recent college graduate and 22-year-old Sam Bencheghib approached his historic run across the United States. That is also how he believes we can all individually and together make a big impact on ridding the world of plastic waste.

Keep Reading
The Planet

According to the FBI, the number of sexual assaults reported during commercial flights have increased "at an alarming rate." There was a 66% increase in sexual assault on airplanes between 2014 and 2017. During that period, the number of opened FBI investigations into sexual assault on airplanes jumped from 38 to 63. And flight attendants have it worse. A survey conducted by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA found that 70% of flight attendants had been sexually harassed while on the job, while only 7% reported it.

Keep Reading
Travel