Risk of Preterm Birth Is Dramatically Rising as The World Gets Hotter

Sun, 31 Mar 2024 19:54:38 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Climate change is having detrimental effects on children's health as an
increasing number of infants are born preterm, presenting to hospital, and
experiencing respiratory disease, putting society's most vulnerable at greater
risk of death.

New research by an Australian team of scientists reviewing 163 health studies
from across the world reveals an extremely troubling picture of how childhood
health measures have already worsened as a result of climate change, which
shows no sign of abating anytime soon.

An estimated 600 million people currently live in areas that expose them to
temperatures outside of what's considered ideal for humans, and scientists
predict that number will rise to 3 billion people by the end of the century.

That's bad news, given that the new research found temperature extremes
associated with climate change have raised the risk of preterm birth to 60
percent on average.

The study also reports that an increase in airborne particles and allergens
from climate events like wildfires, droughts, and irregular seasons is having a
substantial impact on respiratory disease and perinatal outcomes."

Via Rixty Dixet.

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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