According to a new study published in the journal Science, 6-year-olds will experience three times more weather disasters than their grandparents, if the Earth continues to warm at the current rate.
Research suggests that today’s children will experience twice as many wildfires, 1.7 times more cyclones, 3.4 times more river floods, 2.5 times more crop losses, and 2.3 times more droughts than someone born in 1960.
To conduct this research, the team in charge compared the climate risks of previous generations with the number of extreme weather events that children today are likely to experience.
Children are also expected to face an average of five times more catastrophes than people who lived 150 years ago, according to the study.
“Young people are affected by the climate crisis, but they are not in a position to make decisions,” said Wim Thiery, lead author of the study.
“While the people who can make the change happen will not face the consequences.”
People under the age of 40 are expected to face an unprecedented climate crisis, experiencing rates of extreme weather events that were only 1 in 10,000 chance of occurring before industrialization.
According to scientists, globally, the impacts of climate change will be more dramatic for developing countries. For example, children in sub-Saharan Africa are believed to experience 50 to 54 times more heat waves than those born in the pre-industrial era.