Unchecked emissions could double heat-related child mortality

If carbon emissions are limited to slow temperature rise, up to an estimated 6,000 child deaths could be prevented in Africa each year, according to new research. New work estimated the impact of climate change on annual heat-related deaths of children under five years old in sub-Saharan Africa, from 1995 — 2050. It shows that thousands of heat-related child deaths could be prevented if temperature increases are limited to the Paris Agreement’s 1.5ÂșC target through to 2050. However, heat-related child deaths could double in sub-Saharan Africa by mid-century if high emissions continue.

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