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WILL GLOBAL WARMING SAVE LIVES?

February 15, 2008

A report commissioned by Britain's Health Department says that one blistering hot summer between now and 2017 could kill more than 6,000 Britons.  The panel of scientific experts that compiled the study believes the chance of that is 25 percent.  The panel also said global warming will bring warmer winters, which will cut down on cold-related deaths in Britain.

So should we fear human-created climate change or embrace it?

  • According to the BBC, 20,000 deaths are linked to the cold each year in the United Kingdom and that those deaths fell 3 percent a year from 1971 through 2003, a period in which summers warmed but heat-related deaths did not change.
  • In the United States, a warmer climate could save tens of thousands; Thomas Gale Moore, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution who has studied and written extensively about global warming, believes as many as 40,000 American lives would be spared each year.

Fewer deaths seems like a good thing, says Investor's Business Daily (IBD), but the alarmists have not wavered from their unrelenting rhetoric that global warming is a catastrophe in the making.  However, if the global warming claims are correct, what would warmer winters -- and a warmer world in general --bring in addition to fewer cold-related deaths?

  • Longer growing seasons and more land available for agriculture, two factors that will yield greater crop production.
  • A reduction in respiratory and cardiovascular diseases that tend to be higher during colder months.
  • Increased precipitation that will help the world solve its water scarcity issues.
  • Lower heating bills by $12 billion a year, the Energy Department reckons.

Source: Editorial, "Will Global Warming Save Lives?" Investor's Business Daily, February 14, 2008.

 

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