Rising temperatures put millions of children at risk in East Asia, the Pacific, warns UNICEF

Rising temperatures and scorching heatwaves across East Asia and the Pacific are putting the lives of millions of children at risk, according to a recent statement by UNICEF.

With record-breaking temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius and high humidity levels, experts are concerned about the health and well-being of children in the region.

UNICEF estimates that approximately 243 million children are exposed to longer and more intense heatwaves, which can lead to a range of heat-related illnesses and even fatalities.

Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and excess heat poses a significant threat to their well-being. Unlike adults, children have a harder time regulating their body temperature, making them more susceptible to heat-related illnesses.

Heatwaves can cause chronic respiratory conditions, asthma, cardiovascular diseases, and other heat-related ailments among young children.

Prolonged exposure to extreme heat can also affect their ability to concentrate and learn, jeopardizing their education. Furthermore, pregnant women are at a higher risk of giving birth prematurely or experiencing complications due to gestational diabetes.

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