500 million children could suffer if climate deal fails

2015-11-24 17:58
A Malian refugee child is examined at the UNICEF medical centre in the M'bere refugee camp near Bassiknou in the Nema region of Southwestern Mauritania.  (Abdelhak Senna, AFP)

A Malian refugee child is examined at the UNICEF medical centre in the M'bere refugee camp near Bassiknou in the Nema region of Southwestern Mauritania. (Abdelhak Senna, AFP)

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New York - The more than 500 million children living in flood-prone areas and 160 million children in drought zones will bear the brunt of climate change, if leaders fail to agree on a climate deal at the upcoming summit in Paris, Unicef said on Tuesday.

The report painting a grim picture of the future of children living in high-risk regions comes ahead of the UN climate-change conference in Paris, where world leaders are expected to agree on a plan to limit global temperature increases to 2°C.

Unicef warned that climate change, which can cause increasingly severe weather conditions, could strongly impact 530 million children living in flood-prone regions and 160 million children in drought-zones.

Millions of these children live in poverty-stricken countries, which could amplify the impact of climate change by making them more vulnerable to the devastation of severe weather patterns and disease outbreaks, which often follow natural disasters.

"Today's children are the least responsible for climate change, but they and their children are the ones who will live with its consequences," Unicef executive director Anthony Lake said.

"And, as is so often the case, disadvantaged communities face the gravest threat."

Read more on:    unicef  |  climate change

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