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16 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Climate change to harm children most

Climate change to harm children most

There are several long-term inimical impacts of climate change but the one which leaves out future generation suffering from a variety of ailments has not been regularly underlined. The annual report of The Lancet, a medical journal, states that for children, climate change will result in a variety of maladies.

First, let’s come to malnutrition, resulting from crop failures due to extreme weather patterns. In several African nations plus in Asian ones, terrible manifestation of nature destroys crops on a regular basis. The result is famine line condition in extreme cases while at others, a severe dearth of healthy balanced food.

Understandably, food offered through relief can help people ward off hunger but children need a wide variety of fresh food for proper growth. The biggest harm of climate change is through air pollution and this is seen in South Asian countries, where a record number of children are suffering from respiratory diseases.

The Lancet makes a very grim prediction stating that the future may hold far worse scenarios with air-borne diseases, malnutrition due to mass crop failures, and even mental and physical trauma from increased flash flooding and wildfires. The revelations come at a time when Australia is facing a devastating wildfire in human history.

Due to climate change, soil degradation has become common, which is hampering production of crops or leading to substandard yields. With such an ominous warning, the only path open is to make concerted efforts to bring down temperature by 2C or 1.5 C. Emissions need to be cut – as many climate change related conferences have underlined, but to bring down release of CO2, the big nations have a role to play and must come out of ambiguous rhetoric.

Weasel words won’t bring any results. Regrettably, the biggest emitters are constantly sidelining the issue though they are also the ones providing the biggest funds for climate change mitigation. This is double standards because while they create the problems, the move to silence everyone with money will eventually run out of steam.

In Asia, both India and China need to show a path and take radical steps which others may replicate. However, so far, these two nations are obsessed with industrialization on a massive scale, putting ecological issues far behind in priority.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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