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New Report Highlights the Risks of Climate Change to Children

A new paper produced by the International Institute for Environment and Development highlights the probable impacts for children of different ages from the increasing risk of storms, flooding, landslides, heat waves, drought and water supply constraints that climate change is likely to bring to most urban centres in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The report entitled Climate Change and Urban Children: Impacts and Implications for Adaptation also explores adaptation, focusing on preparedness as well as responses to extreme events and to changes in weather patterns. The report states that if adaptations to climate change fail to take account of the disproportionate risks for children (who make up between a third and a half of the population in the most affected areas) they will be less than adequate in responding to the challenges.

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