The American Academy of
Scientists Pediatrics has published a report saying that “Climate change poses a major health threat to children.” Dr. Samantha Ahdoot, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth School of Medicine and member of the AAP’s Council on Environmental Health Executive Committee, told CBS News. “Climate change is about the world in which our children are living today and in which they will be raising their own families. Their future is at stake, yet they do not vote and they have no voice in the debate. We have a moral obligation to act on their behalf.”
Direct effects include those that result from extreme weather events, including severe storms, floods and wildfires that scientists say are occurring more frequently and on a larger scale because of climate change. “Children’s unique needs place them at risk of injury, death, loss of or separation from caregivers and mental health consequences due to severe weather events.”
However, the scientists say that extreme weather events, including storms, floods and wildfires are neither more frequent nor more extreme.
And they forgot to inform the UN’s World Health Organization, which has a different view of child health.
“Prematurity was the largest single cause of death in children under five in 2013, and approximately 50% of under-five deaths were due to infectious causes.”
The report from the American Academy of Sciences uses Katrina as an example. But Katrina, tragedy that it was, had nothing to do with climate change. It was a normal hurricane that was a Cat 3 when it landed. The timing was bad and the location was bad. But climate change was not a factor in it.
And the report flies in the face of published science when it says “In addition, as heat waves have become more frequent and prolonged in many regions in recent years, heat-related illnesses and deaths among children have also risen. The report points out that infants and high school athletes are especially vulnerable.”
But heatwaves have not become more frequent nor more prolonged.
According to the EPA, ” Heat waves occurred with high frequency in the 1930s, and these remain the most severe heat waves in the U.S. historical record. Many years of intense drought (the “Dust Bowl”) contributed to these heat waves by depleting soil moisture and reducing the moderating effects of evaporation.There is no clear trend over the entire period tracked by the index.”
As for drought, “The annual time series of globally averaged % drought indicates a mean value of 66%, a range of about 4%, and no long-term trend (−0.2% per 100 years, non-statistically significant)”
This rather unambiguous statement comes from a recently published paper “Variability and Trends in Global Drought,” published in the journal Earth and Space Science.”
Look, people. Global warming is not a myth. The globe has warmed. If it continues to warm our great-great grandchildren may face the threats of increasing infectious disease, heat waves, stronger storms and storm surges strengthened by sea level rise.
But to talk as if this were happening now is not science. It is nonsense.