Thirsting for a Future: Water and Children in a Changing Climate
This report highlights the threats to children’s wellbeing caused by depleted sources of safe water and the ways climate change is likely to intensify these risks. Supply side (warmer temperatures, rising sea levels, increased floods) as well as demand side (population growth, increased water consumption, industrialization and urbanization demands) factors are affecting water quality and availability, forcing children to use unsafe water. As the report notes, over 800 children under the age of five die every day from diarrhea linked to inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene. UNICEF encourages governments to prioritize the most vulnerable children’s access to safe water among competing water needs, and asks the private sector to work alongside communities.
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