Future of Children Research

Children and Climate Change, Spring 2016 Research Report

In the newest edition of the jointly-published Princeton-Brookings “Future of Children” journal, leading experts examine the outsized effect rising temperatures, rising sea levels and the increasing likelihood of extreme weather will have on children and future generations who, at this point, have been largely left out of discussions about appropriate responses to climate change.

Forecasts suggest that by 2050, the world could see 200 million environmental migrants, many of whom would be children. The authors argue that for these reasons and more, children should be central to such climate change debates. They—as well as future generations—have a much larger stake in the outcome than current generations.

In “Children and Temperature: Taking Action Now,” a featured policy brief released alongside the journal, Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution, Janet Currie of Princeton University, and Olivier Deschênes of the University of California, Santa Barbara detail several ways rising temperatures have contributed to the spread of the Zika virus and argue that that the need to control the spread of diseases associated with mosquitoes is urgent.

Examining the Obama administration’s proposed $1.9 billion plan to respond to Zika, the authors of the brief highlight four aspects of the plan that are especially important when considering the fact that policies to curb carbon emissions alone won’t offset effects of climate change on children that have already begun. Those aspects are: promoting readiness and response capacity in states and territories; improving laboratory capacity to test for Zika and other infectious diseases; implementing a surveillance plan to track the virus in communities and in mosquitoes; and enhancing international capacity for dealing with Zika.

Read the full journal on the Future of Children website
Read the policy brief by Haskins, Currie, and Deschênes

You can also visit this page to watch video from the journal’s May 4 launch at Brookings, featuring remarks from Debra Lubar, director of appropriations for the Center for Disease Control.


Past Editions of The Future of Children

Marriage and Child Wellbeing Revisited (Vol. 25, no. 2)


Policies to Promote Child Health (Vol. 25, no. 1)


Childhood Food Insecurity in the U.S: Trends, Causes, and Policy Options (Fall 2014 Research Report)


Helping Parents, Helping Children: Two-Generation Mechanisms (Vol. 24, No. 1)


Military Families (Vol. 23, no. 2)


Work and Family (Vol. 21, No.2)


Immigrant Children (Vol. 21, no. 1)


Fragile Families (Vol. 20, no. 2)


Transition to Adulthood (Vol. 20, no. 1)


Preventing Child Maltreatment (Vol. 19, no. 2)


America’s High Schools (Vol. 19, no. 1)


Juvenile Justice (Vol. 18, no. 2)


Children and Electronic Media (Vol. 18, no. 1)


The Next Generation of Antipoverty Policies (Vol. 17, no. 2)


Excellence in the Classroom (Vol. 17, no. 1)


Opportunity in America (Vol. 16, no. 2)


Childhood Obesity (Vol. 16, no. 1)


Marriage and Child Wellbeing (Vol. 15, no. 2)


School Readiness: Closing Racial and Ethnic Gaps (Vol. 15, no. 1)


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