A billion children at ‘extreme risk’ from climate impacts – Unicef

A billion children at ‘extreme risk’ from climate impacts – Unicef

Report launched with youth activists including Greta Thunberg paints ‘unimaginably dire’ picture

Almost half the world’s 2.2 billion children are already at “extremely high risk” from the impacts of the climate crisis and pollution, according to a report from Unicef. The UN agency’s head called the situation “unimaginably dire”.

Nearly every child around the world was at risk from at least one of these impacts today, including heatwaves, floods, cyclones, disease, drought, and air pollution, the report said. But 1 billion children live in 33 countries facing three or four impacts simultaneously. The countries include India, Nigeria and the Philippines, and much of sub-Saharan Africa.

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