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New study concludes global warming is causing 300,000 deaths a year

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Climate change is already responsible for 300,000 deaths a year and is affecting 300m people, according to the first comprehensive study of the human impact of global warming.

 

It projects that increasingly severe heatwaves, floods, storms and forest fires will be responsible for as many as 500,000 deaths a year by 2030, making it the greatest humanitarian challenge the world faces.

 

Economic losses due to climate change today amount to more than $125bn a year — more than all the present world aid. The report comes from former UN secretary general Kofi Annan's thinktank, the Global Humanitarian Forum. By 2030, the report says, climate change could cost $600bn a year.

 

If emissions are not brought under control, within 25 years, the report states:

• 310m more people will suffer adverse health consequences related to temperature increases

• 20m more people will fall into poverty

• 75m extra people will be displaced by climate change.

 

The study compares for the first time the number of people affected by climate change in rich and poor countries. Nearly 98% of the people seriously affected, 99% of all deaths from weather-related disasters and 90% of the total economic losses are now borne by developing countries. The populations most at risk it says, are in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, south Asia and the small island states of the Pacific.

 

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Not disagreeing with your point or the article Dana but an observation of mine follows.

 

In India around Nagpur a summer time temperature of 50 degrees C (122 F) is not unheard of and people survive - 45 degrees C (113 F) is common - Not comfortable but surviveable. The military guys & gals who have been in the Gulf area have considerable experience with these kinds of temperatures.

 

A year or two back I remember reading about deaths in France (could as well be most any other western country) when it hit 35 degrees C (95 F).

 

Maybe nobody told the people in Nagpur they can't survive?

 

Part of survival will be adaptation and getting over the notion that a constant mild ambient temperature is required - inside the house a little cooler in the winter and a little warmer in the summer is called for.

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Different people have different thresholds for survival.  People in India are accustomed to scorching temperatures - people in France are not.  As I recall, most of the people who died in the European heat wave were elderly.

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Even excluding the more extreme temperatures, that's still quite a large number of deaths!

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It's all right here, check it out 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9wNGBcwoTs&feature=channel_page


I didn't like it. A video should make people feel passionate and excited, not depressed and guilty. Only passion leads to action.
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