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A child born in 2020 faces up to 24 times more natural disasters than their grandparents did

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It's long been recognised that children will bear the brunt of the impacts of climate change - a crisis not of their own making. But a new report from Save the Children puts a number on how many more climate-induced natural disasters children born today will experience. It's found that an average one-year-old faces a future with up to 24 times more fires, floods, crop failures, droughts and heatwaves than their grandparents.

Highlights

  • The report, "Born into the Climate Crisis", uses modelling for 178 countries to predict how climate change will affect children born in 2020 over their lifetimes.
  • The report finds that this generation - now aged one-year-old - will on average experience up to 24 times as many climate-induced extreme weather events as someone born in the 1960s.
  • According to the report, the low- and middle-income countries will be disproportionately affected, even though they contribute less to global emissions.

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