Because of their developing body systems, young children are less able than adults to adapt to heat and other climate-related conditions – both physiologically and metabolically. Because of their developing immune systems, they are at a greater risk of getting diseases and dying from them. They are also more likely to be killed or injured during climate change related events and disasters.
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