People under the age of 40 may experience more extreme climates than ever before

Research from Belgium shows that people under the age of 40 can experience several times more heat waves, droughts and floods than older groups, even in the most positive scenario.

“We found that all people under the age of 40 today will experience unprecedented numbers of heatwaves, droughts and floods. This remains true even in the most conservative scenarios.” Wim Thiery, a climate scientist at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, this week.

Thiery led a study published in the journal Science on September 26, showing that global warming will have a major impact on the lives of young people and children, especially when extreme events occur. due to climate change.

Research shows that babies born in 2021 will, on average, experience seven times as many heat waves, twice as many wildfires, and nearly three times as many droughts, crop failures, and floods than their generation. grandparents.

A forest fire in Spain on September 12.  Photo: AFP.

A forest fire in Spain on September 12. Photo: AFP.

This is the first study to widely simulate extreme events and future climate scenarios, as well as apply projections to calculate whether different age groups around the world will experience climate disasters such as any throughout life.

Research shows clear generational differences and children in the developing world will be more affected by climate change. 172 million children in sub-Saharan Africa could experience 50 times more heat waves and 6 times more extreme events compared to 53 million children of the same age in Europe and Central Asia.

While the study’s results have been worrisome, Thiery warns the reality could be even more serious. According to Thiery, his team only focused on the frequency of extreme weather events, without taking into account their duration or severity.

Numerous studies have shown that climate change is making weather events such as heat waves, droughts and wildfires not only more likely but also more devastating.

However, Thiery said there was still hope that could change. If countries can drastically cut their greenhouse gas emissions and limit the impact of global warming, he says, some of the worst-case scenarios can be avoided.

“There should be a call to action. We should do so to avoid the worst-case scenario of global warming. All of us who are alive today need to fight climate change.” Thierry emphasized.

Ngoc Anh (Follow NBC)

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