Project report on the future living conditions of a child born in 2019 in a world affected by global warming.
Malnutrition, epidemics, pollution … Experts from 35 global institutions sound global warming warning in journal Lancet. To illustrate their demonstration, they visualize the living conditions of a child born in 2019 through 41 indicators and following the current global trajectory that predicts average warming of 4 to 7 ° C by the end of the century.
And their predictions are worrying. "If we imagine a child born in November 2019, he should live on average until 2090, because the world life expectancy is 71says Dr. Nick Watts in charge of the initiative. We have a very vague idea of what the world will look like at the time, which is worrying, but what is certain is that all climate-related health indicators are bad. "
First, they believe that rising temperatures will lead to lower crops, rising food prices and therefore malnutrition.
Heat can also cause an increase in infectious diseases such as cholera or dengue fever. "Driven by climate change, dengue fever is the fastest spread mosquito-borne viral disease in the world"warns in the report.
Extreme weather conditions
In addition, air pollution will affect lung capacity and increase the risk of asthma and heart disease. "During adolescence and adulthood, a child born today will breathe more toxic air, caused by fossil fuels and worsens with rising temperatures."text continues.
According to experts, babies born in 2019 will also have to live with extreme weather conditions and increasing droughts, floods and forest fires.
To prevent this, researchers believe it is crucial "Limit warming to less than 2 ° C" as provided for in the Paris Agreement. And it claims "Impacts of climate change on health are at the forefront of the COP25 agenda", early December in Madrid.
Global warming. What will be the life of a child born in 2019?Ouest-France.fr