Yeah, woopee, more alarmist nonsense for the uneducated masses.
Last time I looked, the main cause of all of these problems was A LACK OF INFRASTRUCTURE!
The worst case of malaria in modern times was in...SIBERIA! It's an insect issue, not a temperature issue.
The diarrhea is a problem with bad water...they have CRAP IN THEIR DRINKING WATER! Temperature has NOTHING to do with that. Even in the cooler parts of the world you can get dehydrated and die from diarrhea if you don't have a good source of clean water. We just happen to have infrastructure so water is always a few feet away in the developed world.
Malnutrition is again, the result of having no infrastructure and HORRIBLY corrupt governments. These people can't even get the food half the time if we give it to them. Zimbabwe, for example..they took the farms from whites and gave them to inexperienced blacks. The inexperienced people sold off the equipment for fast cash...and within a year the region went from being one of the most agriculturally productive countries in africa...to being requiring food aid.
Worse still, if you'll actually go look at a map of the the world showing development by country, you'll find that essentially all the undeveloped parts are in the parts of the world LEAST affected by climate change. Checking the picture on this very group's own home page here it appears that those areas have only had a .1C to .2C increase.
Indeed, the only regions that have substantial increases are regions in which severe winter temperatures are still a significant and DIRECT cause of death even with their substantial amount of infrastructure.
Few people sounding the climate change alarm bells ever stop to think that the ONLY reason the population of these tropical regions can get so high without infrastructure... is the fact that the temperatures are higher. You could never reach those population densities in canada or russia without infrastructure...the people would just die.
Aaaaaand finally, if we spent even a tenth of the amount we're suggesting for "mitigation" on helping the developing world to develop...the the problems mentioned in the article would actually be FIXED.
--- In email@example.com, Laxman Belbase <l.belbase@...> wrote:
> Report: Climate change crisis 'catastrophic' By: Hilary Whiteman
> Source: CNN
> Posted date: 29 May 2009
> - Story Highlights
> - Report says 300 million vulnerable to climate change, number set to
> - Developing countries expected to suffer worst affects as temperatures
> - 300,000 lives are lost each year due to malnutrition, diarrhea and
> - Kofi Annan: "Climate change is not something waiting to happen"
> *LONDON, England (CNN)* -- The first comprehensive report into the human
> cost of climate change warns the world is in the throes of a "silent crisis"
> that is killing 300,000 people each year.
> More than 300 million people are already seriously affected by the gradual
> warming of the earth and that number is set to double by 2030, the report
> from the Global Humanitarian Forum warns.
> "For the first time we are trying to get the world's attention to the fact
> that climate change is not something waiting to happen. It is impacting
> seriously the lives of many people around the world," the forum's president,
> former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, told CNN.
> Speaking to CNN's Becky Anderson in London on Friday, Annan said the
> migration of people from newly uninhabitable areas presents a security issue
> that needs to be addressed by the United Nations Security Council.
> "This is one of the reasons why I've described climate change as all
> encompassing," he told CNN. "This threat to our health, this threat to food
> production, this threat to security. It raises political tensions, it will
> have people on the move -- and they are on the move -- and many more which
> will bring tensions."
> The report, titled "Human Impact Report: Climate Change -- The Anatomy of a
> Silent Crisis" comes just six months before the United Nations Climate
> Conference in Copenhagen to forge a post-Kyoto climate agreement for 2012
> and beyond.
> Annan called on Member States to reach a "global, effective, fair and
> binding" outcome on climate change, as the report warned that the talks
> could "well be the last chance for avoiding global catastrophe."
> He told CNN: "The U.S. administration has joined the mainstream about
> fighting climate change and that is a big step, and I hope that will also
> put a new momentum into the negotiations."
> The report's startling numbers are based on calculations by the
> Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that the Earth's atmosphere warmed
> by 0.74 degrees Celsius (1.33 degrees Fahrenheit) from 1906 to 2005, with
> much of that increase coming in recent decades. The panel predicts that by
> 2100 temperatures will have increased a minimum of two degrees Celsius (3.6
> degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial levels regardless of what's agreed
> in Copenhagen.
> "No matter what," the report concludes, "the suffering documented in this
> report is only the beginning." A rise of two degrees, it says, "would be
> Of the 300,000 lives being lost each year due to climate
> the report finds nine out of 10 are related to "gradual environmental
> degradation," and that deaths caused by climate-related malnutrition,
> diarrhea and malaria outnumber direct fatalities from weather-related
> disasters. [image: Photo]See photos of devastation around the world
> The vast majority of deaths -- 99 percent -- are in developing countries
> which are estimated to have contributed less than one percent of the world's
> total carbon emissions.
> The report warns climate change threatens all eight of the Millennium
> Development Goals-- a set of goals agreed on by leading nations in 2000 that
> aim to reduce extreme poverty by 2015. The goals include eradicating hunger,
> reducing child mortality, and halting the spread of diseases including
> HIV/AIDS and malaria.
> Around 45 million of the 900 million people estimated to be chronically
> hungry are suffering due to climate change, the report says. Within 20 years
> that number is expected to double. At the same time food production is
> expected to fall, driving food prices up 20 percent.
> The countries considered to be most vulnerable are those in the semi-arid
> dry land belt that runs from the Sahara/Sahel to the Middle East and Central
> Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Latin America and parts
> of the U.S., small island states and the Arctic region.
> Australia is singled out as the developed country most vulnerable to the
> direct impacts of climate change. Over the past 15 years, the combination of
> rising temperature and lower rainfall has produced the worst drought in the
> country's recorded history.
> While developed countries -- including Australia -- have committed funds to
> counter the impact of climate change, the Global Humanitarian Forum says
> developing nations need a dramatic injection of funds -- up to 100 times
> more than is currently available to help them adapt to the changes.
> The total economic cost of climate change each year is thought to be $125
> billion, although the Forum warns that figure may be too conservative and
> doesn't take into account the impacts on "health, water supply and other
> While commissioned by the Global Humanitarian Forum, the report was reviewed
> by a panel of experts, including Rajendra Pachauri of the Intergovernmental
> Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Jeffrey Sachs of the Earth Institute at
> Columbia University and Barbara Stocking of Oxfam.
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