A Somali girl walks down a road at sunset in an IDP camp near the town of Jowhar. Original public domain image from Flickr

According to recent study, limiting carbon emissions to moderate temperature increase might avoid up to 6,000 infant deaths in Africa each year.

A team of international scientists led by the University of Leeds in collaboration with researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has demonstrated that limiting temperature increases to the Paris Agreement’s 1.5oC target through 2050 could prevent thousands of heat-related child deaths.

However, if high emissions persist, heat-related infant fatalities in Sub-Saharan Africa might quadruple by mid-century.

Their study, which was published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, calculated the effect of climate change on yearly heat-related fatalities among children under the age of five in Sub-Saharan Africa between 1995 and 2050.

According to the data, heat-related infant mortality has been at least twice what it would have been without climate change since about 2009.

Heat-related mortality increased owing to climate change induced by human activities and population expansion exceeded heat-related death decreases due to development-related improvements such as enhanced healthcare and sanitation measures.

The authors emphasize the need of immediate climate change prevention and adaptation efforts focusing on children’s health.

Source: AZoCleanTech

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