Climate change and urban children; Impacts and implications for adaptation in low- and middle-income countries
This paper discusses the probable impacts for children of different ages from the increasing risk of storms, flooding, landslides, heat waves, drought and water supply constraints that climate change is likely to bring to most urban centres in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It also explores the implications for adaptation, focusing in preparedness as well as responses to extreme events and to changes in weather patterns. As is the case with many poor groups, if adaptations to climate change fail to take account of the disproportionate risks for children (who make up between a third and a half of the population in the most affected areas) they will be less than adequate in responding to the challenges.
This IIED Human Settlements Discussion Paper is available for downloading at http://www.iied.org/pubs/display.php?o=10556IIED at no charge. A shorter version of this paper is published in the October 2008 issue of Environment and Urbanization. A printed version of this paper is also available from Earthprint for US$20 (www.earthprint.com)