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Global warming will boiled us all to death, say Manhattan experts

by | 20th, May 2013

THIS is a fascinating little example of how the debate of climate change gets very skewed. In fact, the report is more interesting for what it says about that than it is in its intended actual result .

The number of people dying from unbearable heat in big cities could almost double because of climate change, according to new research.

A study in Manhattan found the number of fatalities caused by global warming will far outstrip the reductions in those perishing from the cold.

It follows a report last year by the Health Protection Agency that warned heat related deaths in the UK will increase by more than 10,000 annually – a fivefold rise.

It’s undoubtedly true that if and when global warming happens then more people will die of the heat than happens now. So the finding isn’t all that odd.

But the standard answer to this has always been that yes, OK, but at the moment many more people die of cold than die of heat. Therefore, if the world warms up a little, then we’d expect fewer people in total to die from temperature. 20% fewer cold deaths is more people than 20% more heat deaths sorta thing. The *net* effect is what is important and that net effect seems like a good thing.

Enter this study. We’ve studied this in Manhattan and actually, we know know that there will be more heat deaths than cold deaths saved. Thus global warming is a very bad thing.

And here’s

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