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Climate change and urban children: impacts and implications for adaptation in low- and middle-income countries

Sheridan Bartlett

Working paper, 74 pages

This paper discusses the probable impacts for children of different ages from the increasing risk of storms, flooding, landslides, heat waves, drought and water supply constraints that climate change is likely to bring to most urban centres in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It also explores the implications for adaptation, focusing on preparedness as well as responses to extreme events and to changes in weather patterns. As is the case with many poor groups, if adaptations to climate change fail to take account of the disproportionate risks for children (who make up between a third and a half of the population in the most affected areas) they will be less than adequate in responding to the challenges.

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Bartlett, S. (2008), Urban children and climate change: impacts and implications for adaptation in low- and middle-income countries. Human Settlements Working Paper Series Climate Change and Cities No. 2. IIED, London
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