Climate change and children

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2007 Apr;54(2):213-26, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2007.01.004.


Climate change is increasing the burden of climate-sensitive health determinants and outcomes worldwide. Acting through increasing temperature, changes in the hydrologic cycle, and sea level rise, climate change is projected to increase the frequency and intensity of heat events and extreme events (floods and droughts), change the geographic range and incidence of climate-sensitive vector-, food-, and waterborne diseases, and increase diseases associated with air pollution and aeroallergens. Children are particularly vulnerable to these health outcomes because of their potentially greater exposures, greater sensitivity to certain exposures, and their dependence on caregivers.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollution / adverse effects
  • Air Pollution / prevention & control
  • Child
  • Child Welfare* / trends
  • Communicable Diseases / epidemiology
  • Environmental Exposure / adverse effects
  • Environmental Health* / organization & administration
  • Forecasting
  • Fossil Fuels / adverse effects
  • Global Health*
  • Greenhouse Effect*
  • Humans
  • Pediatrics
  • Public Health
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Ultraviolet Rays / adverse effects
  • Vulnerable Populations


  • Fossil Fuels