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Showing how climate solutions and transitioning to clean energy protects children from dangerous pollutants and helps them live healthier lives today and in the future.

 

Climate Change & Children's Health

Increased greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere are leading to higher temperatures, more intense storms, and lengthy droughts—all of which can deeply affect children’s health.
Children studying in school

Climate Change and a Child’s Brain

This guide explains how climate change impacts children's brains and how you can keep your child healthy in a changing climate.
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Climate Change and Allergies

This guide explains how climate change impacts allergies and how you can keep your child with allergies healthy in a changing climate.
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Climate Change and Asthma

This guide explains how climate change impacts asthma and how you can keep your child healthy in a changing climate.
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Climate Change and Mental Health

This guide explains how climate change matters to your child’s mental health and some steps that you can take to keep your child healthy in a changing climate.
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Climate Change and Pregnancy: Low Birth Weight

This guide explains how climate change impacts low birth weight and how you can keep yourself and your developing fetus healthy in a changing climate.
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Climate Change and Pregnancy: Preterm Birth

This guide explains how climate change impacts preterm birth and how you can keep yourself and your developing fetus healthy in a changing climate.
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Climate Change, Heatwaves, and Health

This guide explains how climate change impacts heat-related illness and how you can keep your child healthy in a warming climate.
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Climate Change, Kids and Equity Issues

This guide explains which children are particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts and how climate solutions can prioritize frontline communities whose health and safety are the most at risk.

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Fossil fuel air pollution responsible for 1 in 5 deaths worldwide

New research finds that deaths from fossil fuel emissions are higher than previously thought—more than 8 million people per year, worldwide.

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2019 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change: Policy Brief for the U.S.

Every child born today will be affected by climate change. How we respond will shape the health of children across the globe.

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House Dust in Mining-Impacted Communities May Impact Children's Health

Young children are a particular concern because early exposures to metals commonly found at mining sites are associated with neurodevelopmental deficits.

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Climate Change and Children's Health

Climate change represents a major threat to child health. This review presents the latest data that demonstrate how climate change affects children's health and to identify the principal ways in which climate change puts children's health at risk.

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Childhood Asthma Acute Primary Care Visits, Traffic, and Traffic-Related Pollutants

This analysis suggests that traffic is a contributor to more acute asthma episodes in children.

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Q&A: Gaurab Basu on climate change, racial justice, and COVID-19

April 9, 2021–Climate change is affecting all corners of the world, but historically marginalized communities are disproportionally bearing its health and economic consequences. Gaurab Basu, a physician with the Cambridge Health Alliance and a health equity fellow at the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health,…

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Pollen seasons are getting longer, driven by climate change

Our Director Dr. Aaron Bernstein says that greater exposure to pollen can be a big problem, particularly when combined with other factors related to climate change.

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Harvard Chan C-CHANGE announces Youth Summits on Climate and Public Health to empower the next generation of leaders

Summer program will prepare high school students to take climate and public health action in their communities.

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Pediatricians say climate changes are impacting the health of children around the world

As an advisor on environmental health to the American Academy of Pediatrics, our Director Dr. Aaron Bernstein helps pediatricians understand the connections between climate and kids' health.

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Pollen season grows 20 days in 30 years as climate crisis hits hay fever sufferers

Our Director Dr. Aaron Bernstein points to the worsening allergy season as one of many reasons for major climate action now.

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New pediatrician network puts spotlight on climate change’s effects on children

As the effects of climate change play out worldwide, pediatricians see the evidence in their offices.

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The World's First Death Attributed to Air Pollution Could Spark the Change We Need

A young girl in the UK is the first person in the world to have a death certificate that lists air pollution as a cause of death. Our Director Dr. Aaron Bernstein comments on the impact of burning fossil fuels on child health.

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Study: Pittsburgh kids near polluting sites have higher asthma rates

Our Research Scientist Jonathan Buonocore comments on a new study that finds Pittsburgh kids near polluting sites have higher asthma rates

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Strong children in a toxic world

Our Director Dr. Aaron Bernstein explains how to nurture resilient young minds amid the crises of COVID-19 and climate change.

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Dr. Aaron Bernstein

Aaron Bernstein MD, MPH

Aaron examines the human health effects of global environmental changes with the aim of promoting a deeper understanding of these subjects among students, educators, policy makers, and the public.

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Anna Miller

Anna helps develop and execute communications plans to promote awareness about the health impacts of climate change on children.

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