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“The Parties should protect the climate system for the benefit of present and future generations of humankind, on the basis of equity and in accordance with their common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities.” –UNFCCC, Article 3 (1)

2050kids projects are informed by findings from international agencies, which identify four critical issues most severely impacted by climate change.

1. AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY

Climate Change could cut global food output 18% by 2050. While investment in infrastructure and irrigation are key to global food security, it will take at least 15 years to identify the most effective interventions.

Food Security, Climate Change, and Farming to 2050
-International Food Policy Research Institute

The current and future consequences of global change. Global Climate Change. Vital Signs of the Planet.
-NASA

2. GLOBAL HEALTH

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By 2050, global climate change will have a major impact on public health. Between 2030 and 2050, heat stress, diarrheal diseases, malaria, and malnutrition could cause up to 250,000 additional deaths annually.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group II.
-The Global Climate and Health Alliance

Our Health, Our Planet Our Future: Human Health and the Rio Conventions.
-World Health Organization

A Human Health Perspective on Climate Change
-National Institute of Health

3. WATER AND SANITATION

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Salt water intrusion from rising sea levels threatens food and water security and damage to groundwater aquifers.

Increasingly variable rainfall patterns are likely to affect the supply of fresh water. A lack of safe water can compromise hygiene and increase the risk of diarrheal disease, which kills almost 600,000 children under 5 every year.

Climate change and health: WHO Fact Sheets
-World Health Organization

Vision 2030: The resilience of water supply and sanitation in the face of climate change
-World Health Organization

4. DISPLACEMENT AND MIGRATION

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Children will bear the brunt of the impact of climate change because of their increased risk of health problems, malnutrition and migration.” – IPCC 5th Assessment Report

As many as 200 million people worldwide will become climate refugees in the next half century, forced from their homes by sea level rise, desertification and the increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. Children are most at risk of not surviving relocation.

In Search of Shelter: Mapping the Effects of Climate Change on Human Migration and Displacement
-CARE and Climate Change

New Issues in Refugee Research: Climate change, disaster, displacement and migration initial evidence from Africa
-The UN REFUGEE AGENCY, UNHCR