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Extreme weather could kill 150,000 per year

Posted on Sunday, 6 August, 2017 | Comment icon 102 comments

Wildfires are just one of the consequences of rising global temperatures. Image Credit: Mike Lewelling
Scientists have warned that extreme weather events could prove devastating by the end of the century.
In what has been described as a "much needed wake-up call" to governments across the world, the new findings, which come courtesy of scientists at the European Commission, indicate that extreme weather is likely to become an increasingly major cause of death in the coming decades.

Runaway climate change will bring, among other things, intense heatwaves, flooding, drought and wildfires as well as a rise in the number of people suffering from starvation and infectious diseases.

"This is a stark warning showing why we need greater action on climate change fast," said Friends of the Earth campaigner Donna Hume. "People across the globe are already dying due to extreme weather events and without concerted action this will get worse, including right here in Europe."

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has also warned about the dangers of ignoring the report's findings.

"The evidence keeps on stacking up - climate change should be one of our top public policy concerns," said head of climate and energy Gareth Redmond-King.

"This report reinforces what we know about the impacts and unless we tackle the problem, that will put strain on our health and welfare systems, and ultimately cost lives."

Source: Independent | Comments (102)

Tags: Extreme Weather, Global Warming

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Comment icon #93 Posted by Doug1o29 on 15 August, 2017, 14:33
I THOUGHT I recognized that name.  I quoted him in a 2004 paper: "Dr. Robert S. Lindzen, one of the scientists who wrote the June 7, 2001 report on global warming for the Bush Administration, objects to media reporting of the findings.  His comments pretty well sum up the current state of knowledge in regard to global warming.  “1. Global mean temperatures have risen 0.5 degrees C. over the last century, 2. atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have risen in the last two centuries, and 3. carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas.”  He continues, “But we are not in a position to confidently at... [More]
Comment icon #94 Posted by Doug1o29 on 15 August, 2017, 15:24
First of all, Jim Hansen is an American.  He is at adjunct professor at Columbia - not East Anglia.  Better double-check your source. How to take something out of context:  There are lots of different statistical methods, some of which will bring out a relationship in a dataset by removing irrelevant noise, and some of which won't.  The problem is which one to choose as results may differ from one dataset to the next.  That's what he's talking about, not making up stuff.  This is a problem I encounter daily. In temperature data, the problem is to avoid any kind of bias.  That's why we can (and... [More]
Comment icon #95 Posted by lost_shaman on 15 August, 2017, 22:45
I'm sorry I should have clarified, Alabama is the default chart that shows on that page, you have to actually click on Texas and then wait for that chart to load. I was using the Texas chart not the one for Alabama. If you look at the Texas chart it likely will answer your question.
Comment icon #96 Posted by AnchorSteam on 17 August, 2017, 2:23
I couldn't agree more! However, they had been working very well since the 1930s in this case. It sounded so incredible that there was no neighborhood opposition until it was too late. The event has changed the minds of many people here, and made us very wary of our State's Govt. An old idea about the southern half of Oregon breaking away and joining with the Norethern part of California has been gaining popularity lately. The State of Jefferson may be a reality someday soon. Both rural areas have been abused by distant urban-based hierarchies.
Comment icon #97 Posted by CeresExpo2000 on 17 August, 2017, 14:35
The computer models are corrupt. The people that monkey around with them have an agenda.
Comment icon #98 Posted by Doug1o29 on 17 August, 2017, 15:34
The objective I would like to propose is a climate like 1950 to 1960.  I think we could live comfortably with 315 ppm CO2.  That would make some warming permanent, but still be a long way from endangering the planet. Perhaps you haven't heard of the Buffalo Commons.  It is a proposal to take lands in the northern plains from northeast Colorado up into Wyoming and eastward to the Dakotas and create a huge grassland.  The area is depressed economically and agricultural operations there are mostly govt-supported.  The buffalo would be restored in this area in at least hundreds of thousands, if no... [More]
Comment icon #99 Posted by Doug1o29 on 17 August, 2017, 15:43
And those farmers in northeast Colorado want to be part of Wyoming.  And the folks in Northern Michigan, northern Wisconsin and northeast Minnesota want to establish the State of Superior.  And you'll have to come up with another name.  Folks in east Tennessee already tried that one. West Virginia is the only state that ever made that work (1863).  Good luck with your idea. Doug
Comment icon #100 Posted by Doug1o29 on 17 August, 2017, 15:47
Not corrupt.  But not being used correctly, either.  They are intended as research tools, not for predicting the future. That being said, another decade should see them getting good enough to make usable predictions for specific locations, like a given city or watershed.  Until then, we do not have tools able to make predictions accurate enough and specific enough on which to base policy decisions. Doug
Comment icon #101 Posted by CeresExpo2000 on 17 August, 2017, 15:50
1 example: Many are predicting hurricanes hitting the USA. They are guessing.
Comment icon #102 Posted by Doug1o29 on 17 August, 2017, 16:43
Yes.  And hurricanes have hit the U.S.  NOW, was it the same number and of the same intensity as predicted? The idea is that the increasing amount of energy in the atmosphere has to be dissipated somehow.  And hurricanes are a way to do that.  But so are small-scale storms over land, and so are storms in the Arctic and Antarctic. So why didn't we get those hurricanes?  The western Pacific was absorbing the surplus heat and taking it down into the depths where it couldn't generate storms on the surface.  So they were right:  the heat had to be dissipated.  It's just that there was a mechanism f... [More]

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