Climate Change Kills 5 Million People Every Year


B00Mer
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Climate Change Kills 5 Million People Every Year



A report released earlier this year from the climate change watch group DARA estimates that the deaths related to climate change and its chief driver, fossil fuels, were roughly 5 million in 2010. That number makes climate change one of the leading causes of death in the world; for comparison, cancer causes about 7.6 million deaths per year.

These deaths are caused by a variety of factors related to climate and carbon. A changing climate not only makes agriculture less productive in many areas of the world, decreasing access to food, but also leads to greater food spoilage from heat; these effects alone lead to diarrheal illnesses and hunger that caused around 310,000 deaths in 2010. Heat and cold illnesses, malarial and vector-borne diseases, meningitis and environmental disasters account for the rest of the almost 700,000 deaths attributable to these direct climate impacts. Pollution, indoor smoke, and occupational hazards related to the carbon economy cause the rest of those 5 million deaths through ailments like skin and lung cancer.

The vast majority of these impacts are felt in developing countries — those areas least prepared to deal with climate change. A whopping 90% of the mortality identified in the report comes from developing countries. China and India top the list for climate and carbon-related fatalities, at 1.5 and 1 million deaths in 2010, respectively. The majority of those deaths were a result of pollution from the carbon economy, highlighting the need to switch to cleaner fuels in these regions, and for more stringent pollution standards.

Eighty-three percent of the deaths due to climate-related factors happened in low-carbon-emitting developing countries — the places least responsible for climate change. Meningitis due to rising humidity and irregular weather, crop failures due to heat and water stress, and food and water spoilage contribute to rising death tolls in these places. Improving quality of life in these places, especially as the climate changes, is of paramount importance.

The DARA report also estimates the cost, as a percentage of GDP, of climate change and the carbon economy. Overall, they are estimated at around 1.6% of the global economy in 2010, though again these effects are felt predominately in the developing world. The Least Developed Countries lost on average 7% of their GDP to climate and carbon economy impacts. These GDP losses come from diverse factors (see here for the full DARA methodology), including costs of lost crop productivity, sea level rise costs, costs of replacing water losses due to drying climate (which will be quite large, especially on a global scale).

These impacts are only expected to worsen as the climate change we have already committed to kicks in, which is estimated at around 1° F – this may not sound like much, but as a global, annual average it hides much larger swings in temperature that will happen on smaller regional and temporal scales. DARA estimates that by 2030, the deaths per year due to climate and the carbon economy will rise to 6 million. These figures imply that by the end of the next decade this crisis will be responsible for 100 million deaths! As well, economic impacts will grow to a staggering 3.2% of world GDP by 2030 (and will only further increase from then).

Given these figures, even if they serve only as a ballpark for the future numbers, taking action on climate change makes good sense. As the economic costs of climate change grow, taking action to mitigate it will seem, comparatively, cheaper and cheaper. The Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, in 2006 estimated the cost of avoiding the worst climate impacts to be around 1% of GDP per year — no small chunk of change, but definitely smaller than 3.2%. Although that Review was controversial for its use of discount rates, it still provides a useful ballpark number; this estimate shows that the costs of avoiding climate change are likely smaller than the costs of climate changes’ impacts.

Besides this economic sense, avoiding these deaths makes moral sense. The improvements needed to avoid the deaths due to climate change and fossil fuels, especially in the developing world, are many of the same ones already being sought to improve quality of life in these countries. The Millennium Development Goals for poverty reduction already cover areas related to hunger and health, key drivers of climate-related deaths. Such actions, as well as investment in clean and renewable energy and pollution controls, seems like a very urgent win-win in by the calculating light of these new figures.

source: Climate Change Kills 5 Million People Every Year
 
taxslave
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Old age kills more than that. When are the PC crowd going to demand a ban on old age?
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Old age kills more than that.

Lol. I was just going to post "Wonder how many people die of old age every year?".

Quote:

When are the PC crowd going to demand a ban on old age?

Uh oh, Logan's Run. As long as I don't have to have Farrah hair when I'm 80.
 
petros
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#4
What a load of fear mongering malarky.
 
B00Mer
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#5
Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Old age kills more than that. When are the PC crowd going to demand a ban on old age?

The minute you are born, your body is dying... that's just nature. However, reversal of age is an ongoing fight, don't you watch the discovery channel?

As far as Climate Change, this is a man made problem that needs to be reversed..

I'm all for Hydrogen cars, wind power, solar power, Geo-thermal heat for homes.. and so on..

I'm also a realist, and know our addiction to oil is not going to go away any time soon. We need more incentives for home owners to use alternative power for their homes and tax breaks..

Carbon credits, a scam.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

What a load of fear mongering malarky.

Hey, hey! Farrah hair is a real threat, it could come back you know!!!
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

As far as Climate Change, this is a man made problem that needs to be reversed...

Is it really?

Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Hey, hey! Farrah hair is a real threat, it could come back you know!!!

Sideburns made a comeback and faded away quickly. Farrah hair is far better than Sinead hair.
 
B00Mer
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Is it really?

Yes it is.. by the way do you have a degree in biology, or a university degree in sciences.. or you just a rig pig trying to defend your job..

Science Proves Man-made Global Warming
 
petros
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Yes....yes I do.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Yes....yes I do.

 
petros
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B00Mer
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petros
#13
The year in WEATHER...
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
#14
So any weather related event will be thrown into this catagory? If I had slipped on ice during last night's snowstorm, would I count?

Still no proof about fossil fuel allegation however.
 
coldstream
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North America is under a cold snap and winter blitz this year.. it was Europe last year.. but.. oh yeah, i forgot.. the new slogans revolve around 'Climate Change'.. since the term 'Global Warming' was become a complete joke.. they have decided to latch their apocalyptic predictions of MAN's catastrophic effect on the environment to ANY climate conditions... up, down or sideways... droughts, deluges, hot or cold, storms or sunny weather. That covers all the bases i guess. Don't worry that this has all happened before the industrial age.. in much more dramatic fashion.. and we still have not a clue what caused it.

You really have to be a kind of pathetic sucker to fall for this nonsense.. from outfits that have lied and lied again.. and when their lies are exposed .. they change the scam again.. to match ANY circumstances they are presented with. It has all the markers of pagan cult.. completely insulated from reality.. and feeling no compulsion to justify its prophesies with hard evidence or valid science.

It'd be laughable if the solutions they were calling for will NOT devastate the world's productive economy... destroying the means of survival for billions. It's really, really... SICK.. lacking any kind of care for humanity.. but that's understandable since true believers deem mankind as nothing but an alien pestilence on pristine Mother Earth. The less the better.. you'd think they'd be cheering all these supposed casualties.. but frankly.. nothing short of a completely depopulated world will satisfy them.
Last edited by coldstream; Dec 27th, 2012 at 02:16 PM..
 
petros
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The Mayan thing is done with so back to the good ol stand by for fear mongering and indoctrination.
 
Ron in Regina
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#17
Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

Yes it is.. by the way do you have a degree in biology, or a university degree in sciences.. or you just a rig pig trying to defend your job..

Science Proves Man-made Global Warming

The first paragraph in the link above is as follows:

Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists think man-made global warming
is real. But despite an overwhelming consensus among the experts, many
Americans still doubt that human activity is raising global temperatures.

I doubt that 97% of scientists could agree on what a 'climate scientist' actually
is....

If the LINK (& theme in the LINK) where titled, "Science Proved Man-contributed
to Global Climate Change" there might be less contention.
 
petros
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by Ron in ReginaView Post

The first paragraph in the link above is as follows:

Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists think man-made global warming
is real. But despite an overwhelming consensus among the experts, many
Americans still doubt that human activity is raising global temperatures.


I doubt that 97% of scientists could agree on what a 'climate scientist' actually
is....

My dentist is a scientist maybe he knows?
 
captain morgan
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#19
Quote: Originally Posted by Ron in ReginaView Post

The first paragraph in the link above is as follows:

Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists think man-made global warming
is real. But despite an overwhelming consensus among the experts, many
Americans still doubt that human activity is raising global temperatures.

I doubt that 97% of scientists could agree on what a 'climate scientist' actually
is....

If the LINK (& theme in the LINK) where titled, "Science Proved Man-contributed
to Global Climate Change" there might be less contention.

That is the critical element that is missing - the scientific consensus that man is causing this terrible warming.

In the absence of that cuasation, it's nothing more than ringing the alarm bells that the tide is rising (in the morning).... No, no, wait a sec, the tide is falling (in the evening)

Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

My dentist is a scientist maybe he knows?

4 outta 5 dentists recommend Trident from what I understand
 
coldstream
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Universities are the most tyrannical of bureaucracies.. once an orthodoxy has been promulgated by the mystical Illuminati of the academic establishment .. then you will lose your tenure, career, publishing opportunities, be turfed into driving hacks.. if you dare to question it.

I'm sure most of them know that the pseudo science of AGW is complete claptrap.. very few are brave enough to expose it. At one time postulating that the Earth revolved around the Sun could get you burned at the stake. The same conundrum now rules the consciences of academia in the AGW fraud.
 
Ron in Regina
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morganView Post

That is the critical element that is missing - the scientific consensus that man is causing this terrible warming.

In the absence of that cuasation, it's nothing more than ringing the alarm bells that the tide is rising (in the morning).... No, no, wait a sec, the tide is falling (in the evening)



4 outta 5 dentists recommend Trident from what I understand

That....& an agreed upon definition of what a 'climate scientist' actually is, as that
seems to be an ongoing bone of contention in this debate. Someone who "is" a
'climate scientist' in one debate, can later fall into the "isn't" category if they
change their opinion on something...without their education or experience
in their field changing. I'm thinking of Timothy Ball at this point. First he is
one....then he isn't one.
Last edited by Ron in Regina; Dec 27th, 2012 at 02:36 PM..Reason: Inserted quote...
 
L Gilbert
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Quote: Originally Posted by coldstreamView Post

North America is under a cold snap and winter blitz this year.

Really? The coldest we've had it around here was -6 (for one night) and the most snow so far has been about 20cm. This is a area that usually gets snow that stays in November, and is 1+ meters by now as well as temps for this time of year around -10.
Was chatting with some people from AB the other day, and the weather has been pretty mild in comparison to most years.
As usual, you seem to be missing some facts. Probably should stick to commenting about the few local areas that are getting buffetted by winter and never mind commenting about North Am in general.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/geekq...175732119.html
 
petros
+1
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morganView Post

4 outta 5 dentists recommend Trident from what I understand

Trident gives them free gum to give away They don't really recommend Trident but the highly suggest (see footnote1) chewing gum and on your way out, they whip out the big TRIDENT basket and let you grab a couple. I just score a box of WHITE wintergreen last Tuesday.

Footnotes

1. suggest

sug·gest
/sə(g)ˈjest/

Verb
  • Put forward for consideration: "I suggest that we wait a day or two".
  • Cause one to think that (something) exists or is the case.
Synonyms
propose - indicate - propound - recommend - imply - hint
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Lol. I was just going to post "Wonder how many people die of old age every year?".

Uh oh, Logan's Run. As long as I don't have to have Farrah hair when I'm 80.

That isn't the means of preventing old age I had in mind. Especially since it is not that far off.
 
L Gilbert
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Lol. I was just going to post "Wonder how many people die of old age every year?".

Uh oh, Logan's Run. As long as I don't have to have Farrah hair when I'm 80.

A similar movie we saw recently: In Time (2011) - IMDb Gives a whole new meaning to the term "stealing time". heheh
 
B00Mer
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Global Warming Effects and Causes: A Top 10 List | PlanetSave
 
taxslave
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According to the greenies the world is going to hell in a hand basket and their solution is to destroy everyone's livelihood.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

According to the greenies the world is going to hell in a hand basket and their solution is to destroy everyone's livelihood.

Why not improve on your livelihood?? Install solar panels on your home and save money in the long run, having more disposable income to spend on food, health and clothes..



Home Solar Power: Cost v. Savings - MainStreet

Dunno, but being Eco-friendly seems to help the environment and saves you money in the long run.. makes you more independent - off the grid.
 
L Gilbert
#29
It'd take a "long run" for the solar gear to make up the difference after installation. S'why I built microhydro off the creek here.

Last time I looked, the Germans were only saving 15% from solar.
 
Ron in Regina
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

Why not improve on your livelihood?? Install solar panels on your home and save money in the long run, having more disposable income to spend on food, health and clothes..



Home Solar Power: Cost v. Savings - MainStreet

Dunno, but being Eco-friendly seems to help the environment and saves you money in the long run.. makes you more independent - off the grid.

When you factor in the materials used in solar panels, and their manufacture &
shipping, and eventual decommisioning....are they really 'green' in a 'good for
the environment' sort'a way?
 

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