Elders and Children

    Climate change and the health of children

    This is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's guide explaining health challenges children may face with climate change. (PDF, 384 KB)

    Climate change and the health of older Americans

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, April 2014. Climate change is affecting a growing population of at-risk older Americans. Studies by EPA researchers and others find that seniors aged 65 and older are more vulnerable to hot temperatures and extreme weather events—effects which will become more frequent as the climate changes.

    Climate change puts children in jeopardy

    R. Voelker. JAMA (2009) 301(21):2197-2199. Children's health advocates say that pediatricians and other clinicians who care for children can play a significant role in addressing the effects of climate change to create a healthier world for children around the globe.

    Future climate change may increase asthma attacks in children

    Science Daily, August 30, 2011. Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers have found that climate change may lead to more asthma-related health problems in children, and more emergency room visits in the next decade.

    Global climate change and children's health: Threats and strategies for prevention

    P.E. Sheffield, P.J. Landrigan. Environmental Health Perspectives (2011) 119(3):291-298. Climate change is increasing the global burden of disease and in the year 2000 was responsible for > 150,000 deaths worldwide. Of this disease burden, 88% fell upon children. Here, the authors review projected impacts of climate change on children's health, the pathways involved in these effects, and prevention strategies. (PDF, 325 KB)

    The effect of high ambient temperature on the elderly population in three regions of Sweden

    J. Rocklöv, B. Forsberg. In areas that today have mild climates the research activity has been rather limited, despite the fact that differences in temperature susceptibility will play a fundamental role in understanding the exposure, acclimatization, adaptation and health risks of a changing climate. (PDF, 173.13 KB)

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