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Why climate change is creating a new generation of child brides

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Young teenage brides in the village of Nataka on the east coast of Mozambique, left to right: Carlina Nortino, 15, Muacheia Amade, 14, Lucia Eusebio, 15, and Fatima Amisse, 14.
Photograph: Gethin Chamberlain/Gethin Chamberlain.

As global warming exacerbates drought and floods, farmers’ incomes plunge – and girls as young as 13 are given away to stave off poverty

November 26, 2017 — It was the flood that ensured that Ntonya Sande’s first year as a teenager would also be the first year of her married life. Up to the moment the water swept away her parents’ Continue reading Why climate change is creating a new generation of child brides

300 million children breathe heavily toxic air – UNICEF

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A woman walks with her child on a street as schools were closed due to the heavy smog in Jilin, northeast China’s Jilin province on October 22, 2013. Stringer/File/AFP

Nearly one child in 7 around the globe breathes outdoor air that is at least 6 times dirtier than international guidelines

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Oct. 31, 2016) — Some 300 million children live with outdoor air so polluted it can cause serious physical damage, including harming their developing brains, the United Nations said in a study released Monday, October 31.  Continue reading 300 million children breathe heavily toxic air – UNICEF

Why we should have fewer children, to save the planet

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Children: so cute; so bad for the environment. Photograph: Floresco Productions/Getty Images/Cultura RF

The Earth’s ability to absorb greenhouse gases without violently disrupting the climate is finite, and each additional person contributes to the total amount

September 12, 2016 — Earlier this summer, I found myself in the middle of a lively debate because of my work on climate change and the ethics of having children.  Continue reading Why we should have fewer children, to save the planet

Nearly 50 million children ‘uprooted’ worldwide – UNICEF

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UPROOTED. This file photo taken on September 28, 2015 shows refugees and migrants arriving on the shore of the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey. Aris Messinis/AFP

UNICEF found that 28 million of those children were forcibly displaced by violence and conflict within and across borders, including 10 million child refugees

UNITED NATIONS (Sept. 8, 2016) — Almost 50 million children throughout the world have been “uprooted” from their homes by war, violence or persecution, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Wednesday, September 7.  Continue reading Nearly 50 million children ‘uprooted’ worldwide – UNICEF

Teens challenge US government for not protecting them from climate change

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Children protesting outside the courthouse in Eugene, Oregon. Photograph: Matthew O Berger for the Guardian
If allowed to go forward, plaintiffs in Oregon will ask court to hold government responsible for violating their rights to life, liberty, property and equal protection

March 10, 2016 — Twenty-one teenagers appeared in an Oregon courtroom to challenge the federal government over what they claim is a failure to protect them from the impacts of climate change, while several hundred schoolchildren protested outside.

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Over 10000 migrant children missing

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STRUGGLE. Migrants board through a window a train heading to Zagreb at a railway station, near the official border crossing between Croatia and Serbia, near the eastern-Croatian town of Tovarnik, on September 18, 2015. AFP photo
EU police agency Europol fears many have been whisked away into sex trafficking rings or the slave trade

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (Feb. 1, 2016) — Over 10,000 unaccompanied migrant children have disappeared in Europe, the EU police agency Europol said on Sunday, January 31, fearing many have been whisked away into sex trafficking rings or the slave trade.
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Chile researchers develop vaccine for virus common in children

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According to the Mayo Clinic in the United States, RSV is so common that most children have been infected with it by age two

SANTIAGO, Chile (Jan. 9, 2016) — Researchers in Chile said Friday they have developed the first vaccine against a virus that commonly causes lung and respiratory tract infections in children.

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