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Future Generations at Risk for Climate Impacts

Yes, it is the children and grandchildren who will suffer more.

All you have to do is search using this thread and multiple articles will pop up: “journal science climate change impacts to children.”

While things today are not good, they are about to get much worse. A recent science journal looked at impacts to children: “If the planet continues to warm on its current trajectory, the average 6-year-old will live through roughly three times as many climate disasters as their grandparents, the study finds. They will see twice as many wildfires, 1.7 times as many tropical cyclones, 3.4 times more river floods, 2.5 times more crop failures and 2.3 times as many droughts as someone born in 1960.”

A Washington Post article included this: “The numbers provided in the study are almost certainly an underestimate, said co-author Joeri Rogelj, director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London. Data limitations, and the complexity of the analysis, meant the scientists didn’t assess the increased risk of some hazards, such as coastal flooding from sea level rise. The study also doesn’t take into account the increased severity of many events; it only looks at frequency.”

I’ve got another blog post coming on the impacts of climate change on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as detailed by Deanne Criswell, the current administrator.
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.
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