Climate and social justice

A ground-breaking new study entitled “Intergenerational Inequalities in Exposure to Climate Extremes” has revealed that six-year-olds in 2020 will experience twice as many cyclones and forest fires as their grandparents born in the 1960s.

The study’s authors said that six-year-olds in 2020 will also experience three times as many floods and five times as many droughts and will experience around 30 heat waves, compared to an average of two to four for their grandparents.

Wim Thiery, a climatologist at the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels, who is in charge of the study, said that “it is likely that our results are underestimated. One of the reasons is that in this study we are thinking about the frequency of climatic events. But we don’t into account that these can also be more intense and longer.”