Climate change: A threat to our kids’ health

In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan

Dr. Aaron Bernstein blogs on climate change and children's health.

Remember last July? It was hot. During a three-day swelter early in the month, the mercury topped 100°F in Boston for only about the twelfth time in the past century. I wasn’t surprised when I found myself caring for many kids at Children’s who wound up with asthma attacks that left them gasping for air, while just trying to enjoy a summer day.

Heat catalyzes the production of ground-level ozone, a potent lung irritant. It also poses particular troubles for kids with other chronic illnesses, including diabetes and kidney disease, in addition to causing dehydration and heatstroke.

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Aaron Bernstein, MD, MPH

Aaron Bernstein is the Interim Director of The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment, a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics.

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