US Climate and Health Alliance

Opinion: The case for a child-centered energy and climate policy


Children suffer the most from fossil fuel burning.Fossil fuel combustion and associated air pollution and carbon dioxide (CO2) is the root cause of much of children’s ill health children today as well as their uncertain future. There are strong scientific arguments, as well persuasive economic ones, for reducing the world’s dependence on energy generated by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, diesel and gasoline.These include the 7 million adult deaths per year attributed to ambient air pollution, most of it from fossil fuel burning. Less recognized is the huge and largely silent toll on children’s health and development from both air toxics and climate change.

Resource Type
Environmental Health News
Resource URL
June 21, 2016
Organization Type
Health and Human Impact
Respiratory disease
Climate and Environmental Impact
Air pollution
Emission Sources
Conventional energy Transportation Energy Conventional
Fossil Fuel
Climate mitigation/GHG reduction
Advocacy Climate and environmental justice/health equity Vulnerable populations

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