18X more heatwaves in Afghanistan. 10X more crop failures in Mali.
Today’s children will face dire consequences of climate change that their grandparents were spared, according to a new study from Save the Children and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.
Bottom line: “It will almost be impossible for us to survive,” said 15-year-old Anuska, from Nepal.
Compared to those born in 1960, today’s newborns will endure:
- 7X more heatwaves
- Twice as many wildfires
- 3X more droughts, flood, and crop failures
The findings, also published in Science, are based on original Paris Agreement emission reduction pledges that project a 2.6–3.1C uptick in global temperatures from preindustrial times.
A way out: Keeping warming at 1.5C—a goal the world is not currently on track to meet—newborns’ additional lifetime exposure to heatwaves would drop 45% and by nearly 40% for droughts and floods compared with current projections.
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