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Climate change 'could kill billions of people' warn researchers


Possible side effects of climate change, such as more heat waves and the increased incidence of tropical diseases like malaria, could result in the premature death of billions of people, researchers have warned.

According to the paper on climate change, published by The Lancet and University College London, worst affected would likely be developing countries such as Bangladesh because they lack sufficient financial resources to deal with events like flooding, crop failure and diseases including dengue fever and malaria.

‘Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st Century,’ authors said.

‘Effects of climate change will affect most populations in the next decades and put the lives of and well-being of billions of people at increased risk,’ they added.

Richard Horton, editor of the Lancet, said: ‘It is an urgent threat, it is a dangerous threat, it is immediate and requires an unprecedented response by government and international organisations.’


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  • as a medical specialist, I know that malaria is not a tropical disease - it just happens that we used DDT to get it out of Europe and the US before we decided that DDT was too bad to use in the third world - convenient that! A quick spray in Bangladesh would sort the problem, and the cost would be minimal!

    Anyway, considering its currently getting colder, I would be more worried about people dying of cold when they can't afford to buy heating, than I am of climate change!

    I guess there is some eco funding available, and this group need to get a public profile before they put their claim in!

    Shame that its always about a deadly future threat that can't be proved using the scientific method - its always a computer model which can suffer from rubbish in, rubbish out - what ever happened to old fashioned science?

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  • It is well known the fact that cooling kills more than warming. But for reasons that should be worth investigating, the Lancet and UCL have decided to claim otherwise.

    And how? Quite feebly. The Lancet/UCL 2009 report’s claim that warming is worse than cooling is based on a single book chapter from 2003 that forgets to mention two very relevant articles; and that disregards exactly the effect used in one of those two articles to demonstrate that cooling is worse than warming.

    It would be a far better world were reporters able and willing to approach medical/scientific claims with an eye as critical as the one used to investigate political statements. Perhaps, one day...

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  • It is not true that the planet is cooling down. Reputable scientific journals will not publish these claims because they fly in the face of the scientific facts. Claims like this are common in the comment section of websites, and are carefully crafted so that the moderators cannot remove them. They are either unsupported (like this) or quote false evidence. They are either anonymous (like this) or use false identities. There are suspicions that people are paid to post this stuff.

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