Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Climate change may kill thousands in UK by 2017

Well, good luck over there.

There is a 25 percent chance that a severe heat wave will strike England and kill more than 6,000 people before 2017 if no action is taken to deal with the health effects of climate change, a report said on Tuesday.

Shake me when the possiblity reaches around 50 percent. And start stocking up on water around 2010, mark the calendar.

The report for Britain's Department of Health estimated more than 3,000 people could die in an intense summer hot spell in southeast England, with just as many more dying from heat-related deaths over the summer.


Until 2012, when London stages the summer Olympic Games, the odds of thousands dying in summer heat each year will be 1 in 40, the report said, and thousands more could die each year as a result of other effects of global warming and air pollution.

I got ten bucks that says nowhere near 1,000 people die over the next few summers in the UK. Sorry for being skeptical but I just can't trust these "reports" when they can't even get the weather right on a day by day basis.


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