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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.
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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.

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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Reducing air pollution has helped children in Northeast U.S., study finds

States in the Northeastern U.S. have made a considerable effort to make their air cleaner by reducing toxic mercury, sulfur dioxide and greenhouse gases emitted by the region's power plants, improving the health of children in the area in the process.

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Air pollution and children’s health

A new study finds that a program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants in the Eastern U.S. also has significant health benefits for children in the region.

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The relationship between COVID-19 and climate change

Dr. Aaron Bernstein explains the issue of COVID-19, climate change, and the health of children around the world.

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What combating climate change can teach us about fighting COVID-19

A pediatrician's view on how climate solutions are pandemic solutions, and the implications for children's health.

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Rebuilding a better world for our kids after COVID-19

Gina McCarthy and Christiana Figueres write that we need to follow our instincts to protect each other when it comes to caring for the planet.

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The upside of the pandemic: Our planet is healing

The pandemic is a chance for us to reset and to change our habits to create a healthier future for our children.

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How to breathe easier during allergy season?

A pediatrician's perspective on a warming planet and longer pollen seasons.

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How air pollution is impacting our kids and what we can do about it

Children are most vulnerable to the impacts of air pollution, but parents can help with the effects.

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A focus on news about the environment

The Australian bush fires, the politics of climate change, and sea level rise in Boston’s disadvantaged neighborhood were among the topics discussed in a new environmental news roundtable on the WGBH radio show “Under the Radar with Callie Crossley.” One of the panelists featured in the roundtable, which premiered on January 12, 2020, was pediatrician…

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Climate-related wheezing, allergy, trauma affecting practice

Climate change is a health problem affecting everything from allergies to how our bodies interact with medicine. Dr. Bernstein weighs in.

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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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Gina McCarthy

Gina McCarthy

A leading advocate for smart, successful strategies to protect public health and the environment for more than 30 years.

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