Climate Change Related Deaths

Here is Katharine Mieszkowski reporting for on new climate change health impacts research:

Climate change is currently killing 300,000 people a year around the world, while seriously impacting the lives of hundreds of millions more, states a controversial new report from the Global Humanitarian Forum in Geneva. The report, “Human Impact Report: Climate Change — The Anatomy of a Silent Crisis,” predicts that by 2030, approximately 500,000 people will lose their lives to global warming annually. Even today, it charges that 325 million people are seriously affected by climate change, at a total economic cost of $125 billion a year.

“Climate change is a silent human crisis. Yet it is the greatest emerging humanitarian challenge of our time,” said Kofi Annan, former secretary-general of the United Nations, who is now the president of the Global Humanitarian Forum, in a statement. “Already today it causes suffering to hundreds of millions of people, most of whom are not even aware that they are victims of climate change. We need an international agreement to contain climate change and reduce its widespread suffering.”

The article goes on to say that the report has been questioned by other researchers suggesting it’s using shoddy methodology. I’m not qualified to judge the validity of the report, but I think it much more important to focus on we do know.

Climate Change kills

Climate Change has killed many people already

It’s getting worse

Most of the victims are in the developing world

Lower estimates for annual climate change deaths are closer to 100,000, which is still staggering. Even if the number were much lower it would still be compelling reason to change course. Are only 10,000 annuals deaths less important then the profit stream of Exxon Mobil?



1 comment so far

  1. climatesight on

    A great last sentence there. Climate change is increasingly becoming a human rights issue.

    I think you may be interested in my blog, which has to do with climate change in the context of ideas such as credibility and risk management. You can probably get to it by clicking on my name.


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