The Climate Change Generation

A sandstorm blasts a girl carrying linen followed by her brother in Goundam, Mali, June 3, 2015. Image: Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty
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A sandstorm blasts a girl carrying linen followed by her brother in Goundam, Mali, June 3, 2015. Image: Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty

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.
 
 
Related: Climate change threatens to reverse progress in fight against malaria – Financial Times

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