The last five years have been the hottest five years on record. This really drives home the fact that the climate crisis is here to stay – and probably exacerbate every year. Young people, unfortunately, have already become too familiar with extreme weather events and many are choosing not to have kids of their own due to the worsening climate crisis.
To estimate exactly how many of these extreme events young people will face during their lifetimes, a study published in the journal Science, modelled multiple warming scenarios (from 1.5°C and 3.5°C) for every generation born between 1960 and 2020. The results pretty much confirm why 75% of young people are frightened of the future – compared to people born in 1960, the risk of experiencing extreme weather events increases by seven times for those born in 2020 if things continue ‘business as usual.’
However, if warming is limited to 1.5°C, the burden is “substantially reduced” and lifetime exposure to heat waves drops by 40%. But if the world warms by 3 degrees Celsius by 2100 (which seems likely given our current climate pledges), the authors predict that someone who is 6-years-old today will experience twice as many wildfires and cyclones, three times as many river floods, four times as many crop failures, five times as many droughts, and 36 times as many heat waves than someone born in 1960.
Unfortunately, young people from poor countries especially in the Middle East and north Africa will bear a greater share of extreme events.
“Our results highlight a severe threat to the safety of young generations and call for drastic emission reductions to safeguard their future,” the authors write.
From : pk.mashable.com