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01.Climate Adversity: Yet Another Stressor for Rural Adolescents (pp. 513-519)
02.Climate Change and Child Health in Australia: Likely Futures, New Inequities? (pp. 493-500)
03.Flooding and Infectious Disease in Rural Children: Can Intervention Mitigate Predicted Increases in Disease Burden? (pp. 393-404)
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Climate Change and Child Health in Australia: Likely Futures, New Inequities? (pp. 493-500) $45.00
Authors:  Lyndall Strazdins, Sharon Friel, Anthony McMichael, Susan Woldenberg Butler, and Elizabeth Hanna
This century, Australians are likely to face higher
temperatures, shifting rainfall systems, severe droughts and
more fires and storms. Food and water costs are increasing,
while weather-related disasters and droughts will generate
financial insecurity, social dislocation and loss of
livelihoods in affected farming, peri-urban and regional
communities. These climate-induced changes are also likely
to affect human health and well-being, especially
children’s. Because of their immature organ systems,
neurobiology and dependence on caregivers, children are
more likely to be affected by heat stress, gastroenteritis and
natural disasters, as well as family stresses linked to
droughts, loss of livelihood and familial dislocation.
Furthermore, because of climate change, children living
today will confront even greater health risks over their
lifetime, with available estimates indicating a 30-100%
increase across selected health risks by 2050. Future
generations may face a 3 to 15-fold increase by 2100. These
greater health risks to children will unfold over their
lifetime. We argue that they can be viewed as a form of
health inequity. Indeed climate change suggests that two
types of health inequities are likely. The first will be to
lower the level of population health across current and
future generations (including the generation of a health gap
between today’s adults and children living now). The
second will be to increase the social gradient in health, with
those with more resources better able to protect themselves
from impacts and to adapt. An intergenerational framework
helps clarify the human health impacts of climate change,
and may help research and policy efforts to address the time
lag between cause and health consequence, thereby
improving health, equity and sustainability. 

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