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Global Warming Is Particularly Bad for Women-Led Families, Study Says

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A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report released on March 5, 2024, reveals that extreme heat, intensified by global warming, disproportionately affects women-led households in 24 low- and middle-income countries. The study, discussed by Somini Sengupta in The New York Times, shows that households led by women experience an 8% greater loss in annual income due to heat stress compared to other households. The report highlights existing social disparities, with women representing only 12.6% of global landowners, limiting their access to crucial services like loans and agricultural support. The long-term impact is substantial, with female-headed households losing 34% more income as the average global temperature rises by 1 degree Celsius. The study emphasizes the need to address gender-specific impacts and implement strategies to mitigate the unequal effects of climate change on women in vulnerable rural communities.

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