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Claim: Human Health has Already Been Harmed by Climate Change

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t Dr. Willie Soon; According to health journals and activists, grants and debt forgiveness rather than loans are needed to address the crisis of slightly warmer temperatures.

Call for emergency action to limit global temperature increases, restore biodiversity, and protect health

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n1734 (Published 06 September 2021)
Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n1734

Lukoye Atwoli, editor in chief1,  Abdullah H Baqui, editor in chief2,  Thomas Benfield, editor in chief3,  Raffaella Bosurgi, editor in chief4,  Fiona Godlee, editor in chief5,  Stephen Hancocks, editor in chief6,  Richard Horton, editor in chief7,  Laurie Laybourn-Langton, senior adviser8,  Carlos Augusto Monteiro, editor in chief9,  Ian Norman, editor in chief10,  Kirsten Patrick, interim editor in chief11,  Nigel Praities, executive editor12,  Marcel G M Olde Rikkert, editor in chief13,  Eric J Rubin, editor in chief14,  Peush Sahni, editor in chief15,  Richard Smith, chair8,  Nicholas J Talley, editor in chief16,  Sue Turale, editor in chief17,  Damián Vázquez, editor in chief18

Correspondence to: L Laybourn laurie.laybourn@ukhealthalliance.org

Wealthy nations must do much more, much faster 

The UN General Assembly in September 2021 will bring countries together at a critical time for marshalling collective action to tackle the global environmental crisis. They will meet again at the biodiversity summit in Kunming, China, and the climate conference (COP26) in Glasgow, UK. Ahead of these pivotal meetings, we—the editors of health journals worldwide—call for urgent action to keep average global temperature increases below 1.5°C, halt the destruction of nature, and protect health.

Health is already being harmed by global temperature increases and the destruction of the natural world, a state of affairs health professionals have been bringing attention to for decades.1 The science is unequivocal; a global increase of 1.5°C above the pre-industrial average and the continued loss of biodiversity risk catastrophic harm to health that will be impossible to reverse.23 Despite the world’s necessary preoccupation with covid-19, we cannot wait for the pandemic to pass to rapidly reduce emissions.

Reflecting the severity of the moment, this editorial appears in health journals across the world. We are united in recognising that only fundamental and equitable changes to societies will reverse our current trajectory.

The risks to health of increases above 1.5°C are now well established.2 Indeed, no temperature rise is “safe.” In the past 20 years, heat related mortality among people aged over 65 has increased by more than 50%.4 Higher temperatures have brought increased dehydration and renal function loss, dermatological malignancies, tropical infections, adverse mental health outcomes, pregnancy complications, allergies, and cardiovascular and pulmonary morbidity and mortality.56 Harms disproportionately affect the most vulnerable, including children, older populations, ethnic minorities, poorer communities, and those with underlying health problems.24

Global heating is also contributing to the decline in global yield potential for major crops, falling by 1.8-5.6% since 1981; this, together with the effects of extreme weather and soil depletion, is hampering efforts to reduce undernutrition.4 Thriving ecosystems are essential to human health, and the widespread destruction of nature, including habitats and species, is eroding water and food security and increasing the chance of pandemics.378

The consequences of the environmental crisis fall disproportionately on those countries and communities that have contributed least to the problem and are least able to mitigate the harms. Yet no country, no matter how wealthy, can shield itself from these impacts. Allowing the consequences to fall disproportionately on the most vulnerable will breed more conflict, food insecurity, forced displacement, and zoonotic disease—with severe implications for all countries and communities. As with the covid-19 pandemic, we are globally as strong as our weakest member.

Rises above 1.5°C increase the chance of reaching tipping points in natural systems that could lock the world into an acutely unstable state. This would critically impair our ability to mitigate harms and to prevent catastrophic, runaway environmental change.910

Global targets are not enough

Encouragingly, many governments, financial institutions, and businesses are setting targets to reach net-zero emissions, including targets for 2030. The cost of renewable energy is dropping rapidly. Many countries are aiming to protect at least 30% of the world’s land and oceans by 2030.11

These promises are not enough. Targets are easy to set and hard to achieve. They are yet to be matched with credible short and longer term plans to accelerate cleaner technologies and transform societies. Emissions reduction plans do not adequately incorporate health considerations.12 Concern is growing that temperature rises above 1.5°C are beginning to be seen as inevitable, or even acceptable, to powerful members of the global community.13 Relatedly, current strategies for reducing emissions to net zero by the middle of the century implausibly assume that the world will acquire great capabilities to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.1415

This insufficient action means that temperature increases are likely to be well in excess of 2°C,16 a catastrophic outcome for health and environmental stability. Critically, the destruction of nature does not have parity of esteem with the climate element of the crisis, and every single global target to restore biodiversity loss by 2020 was missed.17 This is an overall environmental crisis.18

Health professionals are united with environmental scientists, businesses, and many others in rejecting that this outcome is inevitable. More can and must be done now—in Glasgow and Kunming—and in the immediate years that follow. We join health professionals worldwide who have already supported calls for rapid action.119

Equity must be at the centre of the global response. Contributing a fair share to the global effort means that reduction commitments must account for the cumulative, historical contribution each country has made to emissions, as well as its current emissions and capacity to respond. Wealthier countries will have to cut emissions more quickly, making reductions by 2030 beyond those currently proposed2021 and reaching net-zero emissions before 2050. Similar targets and emergency action are needed for biodiversity loss and the wider destruction of the natural world.

To achieve these targets, governments must make fundamental changes to how our societies and economies are organised and how we live. The current strategy of encouraging markets to swap dirty for cleaner technologies is not enough. Governments must intervene to support the redesign of transport systems, cities, production and distribution of food, markets for financial investments, health systems, and much more. Global coordination is needed to ensure that the rush for cleaner technologies does not come at the cost of more environmental destruction and human exploitation.

Many governments met the threat of the covid-19 pandemic with unprecedented funding. The environmental crisis demands a similar emergency response. Huge investment will be needed, beyond what is being considered or delivered anywhere in the world. But such investments will produce huge positive health and economic outcomes. These include high quality jobs, reduced air pollution, increased physical activity, and improved housing and diet. Better air quality alone would realise health benefits that easily offset the global costs of emissions reductions.22

These measures will also improve the social and economic determinants of health, the poor state of which may have made populations more vulnerable to the covid-19 pandemic.23 But the changes cannot be achieved through a return to damaging austerity policies or the continuation of the large inequalities of wealth and power within and between countries.

Cooperation hinges on wealthy nations doing more 

In particular, countries that have disproportionately created the environmental crisis must do more to support low and middle income countries to build cleaner, healthier, and more resilient societies. High income countries must meet and go beyond their outstanding commitment to provide $100bn a year, making up for any shortfall in 2020 and increasing contributions to and beyond 2025. Funding must be equally split between mitigation and adaptation, including improving the resilience of health systems.

Financing should be through grants rather than loans, building local capabilities and truly empowering communities, and should come alongside forgiving large debts, which constrain the agency of so many low income countries. Additional funding must be marshalled to compensate for inevitable loss and damage caused by the consequences of the environmental crisis.

As health professionals, we must do all we can to aid the transition to a sustainable, fairer, resilient, and healthier world. Alongside acting to reduce the harm from the environmental crisis, we should proactively contribute to global prevention of further damage and action on the root causes of the crisis. We must hold global leaders to account and continue to educate others about the health risks of the crisis. We must join in the work to achieve environmentally sustainable health systems before 2040, recognising that this will mean changing clinical practice. Health institutions have already divested more than $42bn of assets from fossil fuels; others should join them.4

The greatest threat to global public health is the continued failure of world leaders to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5°C and to restore nature. Urgent, society-wide changes must be made and will lead to a fairer and healthier world. We, as editors of health journals, call for governments and other leaders to act, marking 2021 as the year that the world finally changes course.

Acknowledgments

This editorial is being published simultaneously in many international journals. Please see the full list here: https://www.bmj.com/content/full-list-authors-and-signatories-climate-emergency-editorial-september-2021

Footnotes

  • Competing interests: We have read and understood BMJ policy on declaration of interests and declare the following: FG serves on the executive committee for the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change and is a trustee of the Eden Project. RS is the chair of Patients Know Best, has stock in UnitedHealth Group, has done consultancy work for Oxford Pharmagenesis, and is chair of the Lancet commission on the value of death. 
  • Provenance and peer review: Commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.

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The most absurd claim in this bucket of multiple absurdities is the suggestion slightly warmer temperatures are causing physiological problems.

Humans are tropical apes. Outside the narrow tropical band where we evolved, we need clothes to stay warm. Only in the high tropics is our physiology unstressed enough to survive without artificial assistance, like blankets . As Bjorn Lomborg pointed out last June, any slight rise in heat deaths is more than offset by a reduction in cold related deaths.

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lee
September 7, 2021 2:17 am

So many editors-in-chief; do they have any qualifications beyond that?

mark from the midwest
Reply to  lee
September 7, 2021 11:33 am

The proliferation of digital media has resulted in a proliferation of the title “editor.” We work with a tech incubator that sees literally 100’s of inquiries about support for start-up websites with “deep”lists of staff with many fancy titles. But when you drill down, (search the web), to get more detail it’s common that many of the “editor’s” experience begins and ends with Twitter or very low circulation blogs. When I think of an editor, based on my telecom experience going back to the late 70’s, I think of someone who has at least 10 years of experience as a successful writer or producer of video content or long format print content, and also has some ability to mentor other writers and producers. But I guess we old guys don’t make up the rules anymore.

layor nala
September 7, 2021 2:21 am

The article is so absurd I damn near died choking! The climate exaggerators are probably causing so much mental stress and suicides that the ‘data’ they quote would pale into relative insignificance.

Joao Martins
Reply to  layor nala
September 7, 2021 3:12 am

Yes, what has it to do in a MEDICAL scientific journal?

Bill Toland
Reply to  layor nala
September 7, 2021 3:43 am

After reading this ridiculous article, I am starting to doubt the sanity of some climate alarmists.

Reply to  Bill Toland
September 7, 2021 4:47 am

Only “some”?

Gregory Woods
Reply to  ATheoK
September 7, 2021 4:51 am

Only ‘just now’?

Disputin
Reply to  Gregory Woods
September 7, 2021 5:39 am

Only “starting”?

Editor
Reply to  ATheoK
September 7, 2021 2:51 pm

Some are sane but venal.

Richard Page
Reply to  Bill Toland
September 7, 2021 5:22 am

I noticed that Attenborough has recently admitted to some form of mental impairment. What is it with climate change alarmism that is seems to be pushed by those with mental health problems?

Sara
Reply to  Richard Page
September 7, 2021 5:44 am

They want people to like them????

Paul Johnson
Reply to  Bill Toland
September 7, 2021 9:32 am

Don’t sweat the alarmists. It’s the climate zealots, eco-terrorists and green supremacists we need to worry about.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Bill Toland
September 7, 2021 1:54 pm

Only ‘doubting’?

Last edited 15 days ago by Zig Zag Wanderer
M Courtney
September 7, 2021 2:22 am

 Indeed, no temperature rise is “safe.”

So we need to start moving people away from the equator. Especially the elderly.
A policy of evacuating the aged from Florida to Alaska is clearly desirable.

Or maybe this editorial is just melodramatic nonsense. Unbalanced. Ill-thought out.

Sara
Reply to  M Courtney
September 7, 2021 5:45 am

I vote for “melodramatic nonsense”.

bill Johnston
Reply to  Sara
September 7, 2021 6:24 am

A more “earthy” description might be in order here.

Sexton Beetle
Reply to  Sara
September 7, 2021 7:13 am

It’s “Carney barking”.
Hustling the rubes for money.
Every one of the “authors” claiming credit has enough credentials that they should know there is no actual danger, so they are either in on the con, or are somnambulists dreaming of being woke, in other words, barking mad.
The bank manager Mark Carney is now one of the UN-advising climate plutocrats, which is why I think this type of hyperbolic alarmism should be called Carney barking.

Sara
Reply to  Sara
September 7, 2021 12:05 pm

I’d like to add here that a Thunderstorm of Epic Proportions is now passing over my house. The lightning alone is spectacular, and the thunder is SO LOUD, it sounds like someone is firing off artillery right over my rooftop. Epic!

And these opinionating noonches think they know even the smallest thing about how the planet works?????

Puhleeze!!! Give me a BREAK!! It is a thunderbumper storm with a heavy rain load and we needed it up here, drastically!

Thanks for listening. Going back to yelling at Zeus to stop having fights with Neptune and Uranus.

AndyHce
Reply to  Sara
September 7, 2021 8:22 pm

I suggest that voices in their heads are telling them this nonsense. I suppose it could be demon possession but a bad diet or environmental poisons are more likely.

Chaswarnertoo
Reply to  M Courtney
September 7, 2021 6:18 am

10x as many people die of cold as heat. We evolved as tropical apes.

littlepeaks
Reply to  M Courtney
September 7, 2021 7:39 am

There are some of us who love the heat. I feel fine when it’s sunny and in the 90s. I usually go for a run (about 6km) in the middle of the afternoon when it’s this hot. And I feel fairly comfortable, because when I’m running, the air evaporates the little bit of sweat I produce, and cools my skin. Even in the 100s, I don’t feel uncomfortable (but it doesn’t get that hot here). BTW, I’m 74 years old. During my last physical, I asked my doctor why cold bothers me so much and I live on heat, and he took one look at me and said, “You ain’t got no body fat”.

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  M Courtney
September 7, 2021 8:15 am

Unhinged.

Duane
Reply to  M Courtney
September 7, 2021 9:00 am

The vast majority of retirees in northern climes would prefer to move down south, where mild winters, if no winter at all, is the norm.

Having lived in Florida these past 32 years, having moved from up north, the people who really pine for cold and snow here only satisfy their urges with a quick weekend, or at most week long trip north, for the fall color and to go snow skiing. The rest of our “winter”, we bitch about the cold fronts that come through weekly.

Heat killing people – that’s a laugher. Cold weather kills vastly more people than hot weather. It’s biology

PCman999
Reply to  M Courtney
September 7, 2021 10:51 am

Biden is already working on that and has already made great progress.

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  PCman999
September 7, 2021 12:25 pm

Biden working?? When did this start?

Lrp
Reply to  M Courtney
September 8, 2021 12:43 pm

Arctic circle real estate prices are going through the roof

Doc Chuck
Reply to  Lrp
September 8, 2021 11:36 pm

Don’t these paragons of reportage realize that the two significant 20th century average global temperature increases remarkably resembled each other during 1920-40 and 1980-2000 despite their different accompanying ambient CO2 levels, and were similarly unaccountably separated in the mid-century interval between them by a mild mean temperature decrease? Nor were they so much driven by increasing high temperatures as by elevated nightly lows that in turn affected those calculated averages, and so the maximal changes during both rises actually occurred in high northern latitudes!

Are they also unaware that this June’s satellite surveyed integrated global average temperature of the air in contact with the planetary surface duplicated that of 20 years ago, and that both rested right on the mean for the entire 3 decade record of those measurements?

What exactly do they know with any foundational credibility?

Dr Ken Pollock
September 7, 2021 2:28 am

First paragraph: The risks to health of increases above 1.5°C are now well established.2 Indeed, no temperature rise is “safe.” In the past 20 years, heat related mortality among people aged over 65 has increased by more than 50%.4 Higher temperatures have brought increased dehydration and renal function loss, dermatological malignancies, tropical infections, adverse mental health outcomes, pregnancy complications, allergies, and cardiovascular and pulmonary morbidity and mortality.56 Harms disproportionately affect the most vulnerable, including children, older populations, ethnic minorities, poorer communities, and those with underlying health problems.24

Have you ever read anything more stupid in your life? Better stop any Brit retiring to the South of France – they’ll die in no time, according to this: “no temperature rise is safe”. Need one read any more? Naturally, the BBC treated it as gospel, with not a word of questioning the premise. Very sad…

MarkW
Reply to  Dr Ken Pollock
September 7, 2021 5:44 am

There has been an increase in temperature related deaths amongst the elderly recently.
More and more elderly are freezing to death because they can no longer afford to both heat their homes, and eat.

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  MarkW
September 7, 2021 8:18 am

Stop this, it doesn’t jibe with griff’s wild arm-wavings about disaster.

MarkW
Reply to  Dr Ken Pollock
September 7, 2021 8:30 am

The risks to health of increases above 1.5°C are now well established.

Well established by who?

Retired_Engineer_Jim
Reply to  MarkW
September 7, 2021 9:57 am

Look at the footnote.

DD More
Reply to  Dr Ken Pollock
September 7, 2021 2:19 pm

Dr Ken “Have you ever read anything more stupid in your life?”

Only this later on.
Global heating is also contributing to the decline in global yield potential for major crops, falling by 1.8-5.6% since 1981;

But – Historical changes in global yields: major cereal and legume crops from 1982 to 2006“A comparison of the global-mean maize yields between the two periods showed that the mean yield in 1994–2006 (5.07 t ha−1) significantly increased (by 16.3%) from that in 1982–93″

Must be the difference between Potential and Actual. And where have all the news reports on a nation wide Famine all gone?

JimF
Reply to  Dr Ken Pollock
September 7, 2021 3:45 pm

“Harms disproportionately affect the most vulnerable..” Gee, thanks-Anything disproportionately affects the most vulnerable.

John
Reply to  Dr Ken Pollock
September 8, 2021 4:38 pm

I read this about heat related mortality in 65+increasing 50% in the last 20 years. I looked it up and the % of population 65+ has increased 50% in the last 20 years. Duh.

Tom Halla
September 7, 2021 2:32 am

Considering that the effects of warming thus far are mostly the opposite of what they report, it gives me cause to question their abilities in medicine.

Fraizer
Reply to  Tom Halla
September 7, 2021 5:04 am

Indeed. Between Climate Catastrophe and Covid, the medical institutions have become so political thay have ceased practicing medical science. Thank God that there are still some practicioners out there willing to buck the trend.

Chaswarnertoo
Reply to  Tom Halla
September 7, 2021 9:34 am

And their honesty.

September 7, 2021 2:50 am

It sounds like it could be good timing to run up a few debts in anticipation of the forthcoming grants and debt forgiveness. There has to bean upside to the current ‘Climate Change’ insanity.

Rah
September 7, 2021 2:56 am

A desperate cry for attention. COVID and the despotic reaction to it by most governments has stolen the lime light for so long that the climate doom money grabbers are getting desperate.

I mean really! Is there any doubt that the same losers we see wearing masks when alone in their cars or when outside bicycling.are also real true believers in climate change doom?

Reply to  Rah
September 7, 2021 4:04 am

All victims of misunderstanding medicine as science. Medicine is an art and technology depending on verification for validation, while science is defined by falsification. If it ain’t falsifiable, it ain’t science. Eschew ad-hockery.

Chaswarnertoo
Reply to  Doug Huffman
September 7, 2021 9:37 am

Yep. Healthcare is evidence based, but not science per se.

fretslider
September 7, 2021 3:04 am

How to create opportunities for your field(s)…

Constantly press home the message that unless we do what is in reality impossible, we’re all doomed and there’s only 8 or 9 years left – tick, tock.

Once the psychoneuroses have been induced whole new avenues open up.

A growing number of children are being treated for an overwhelming terror of “environmental doom” as climate alarmists spread fears of an impending climate disaster, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

And one of my favourites…

That Australians are very worried about climate change is not a new finding. But our study goes further, warning of an impending epidemic of mental health related disorders such as eco-anxiety, climate disaster-related post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and future-orientated despair. 

https://theconversation.com/australians-are-3-times-more-worried-about-climate-change-than-covid-a-mental-health-crisis-is-looming-165470

I’d say their study shows “Induction of Psycho-neuroses by Conditioned Reflex under Stress” – brainwashing by media – is highly effective.

Future despair is a new one on me. They’ve done quite a number on the young.

Joao Martins
Reply to  fretslider
September 7, 2021 3:15 am

For me, the pearl is “climate disaster-related post traumatic stress disorder“: a “disorded” that is generated by a non-existent cause…

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Bill Toland
Reply to  Joao Martins
September 7, 2021 4:16 am

Perhaps they should call it Climate Related Ailing Pathosis.

LdB
Reply to  fretslider
September 7, 2021 6:54 am

Darwinian theory has to kick in at some point and there should be a mass cull event and on the positive side a fix for the shortage of housing.

Ron Long
September 7, 2021 3:05 am

As I read through this manifesto I realized that it was useless trying to decide if the authors were dishonest or stupid, they clearly are a mixture of both.

Pflashgordon
Reply to  Ron Long
September 7, 2021 5:25 am

The statement has all of the hallmarks of an outside, lunatic-fringe author having no connection to medicine. Same old false climate claims and doom-mongering. Some climate activist pulled together this steaming pile of oft-repeated garbage, then stuck it under the noses of the editors for signatures.

The opinion piece really says far more about the state of the medical profession and medical research. In light of the reproducibility crisis in medical research and the politicized public health response to CHICOM-19, one should pause to give any credence whatsoever to these pal-reviewed medical journals. The footnote states that there was no peer review of the op-ed, so any editor who signed this has outed him/herself as fact-free, grossly unqualified for the job (probably Harvard graduates).

Climate believer
September 7, 2021 3:22 am

“We are united in recognising that only fundamental and equitable changes to societies will reverse our current trajectory.”

Climate believer
Reply to  Climate believer
September 7, 2021 3:41 am

“We are united in recognising that only fundamental and equitable changes to societies will reverse our current trajectory.”

You are all completely wrong, fundamental change over a short period is a very high risk strategy for a society, and you will compound the problem by forcing equity onto people, you always have to use force to implement equity.

To quote Dr Jordan Peterson:

“….equity is the most egregious, self-righteous, historically-ignorant and dangerous.”

Alan the Brit
September 7, 2021 3:29 am

“We are united in recognising that only fundamental and equitable changes to societies will reverse our current trajectory.”

Socialism in full swing, nobody must have more than he/she needs to live, except those who are in charge of course!!!

fretslider
Reply to  Alan the Brit
September 7, 2021 4:00 am

Thanks for the push!!!!.

Future despair is the fear that the green egalitarian dystopia may never be realised. And the world will go on.

Petit_Barde
September 7, 2021 3:39 am

What’s frightening, is that so many “international journals” can publish such embarrassing bunch of nonsense and what’s even more concerning is that so many will blindly believe it.

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  Petit_Barde
September 7, 2021 3:01 pm

From what I am seeing on Retraction Watch.com, a lot of these journals are just selling the right to publish.

September 7, 2021 4:07 am

My health was affected by rainy and cold summer, not by heat

Peta of Newark
September 7, 2021 4:08 am

Headless chickens

If they really wanted to help people’s health they should first re-attach their own heads/brains.

Much simpler than you may think:
Stop. Eating. Sugar.

fretslider
Reply to  Peta of Newark
September 7, 2021 4:16 am

These guys are bitter – and twisted.

Stop eating Sodium chloride

fretslider
Reply to  fretslider
September 7, 2021 5:07 am

Yay I got a down vote.

Look out, griff

Richard Page
Reply to  fretslider
September 7, 2021 5:26 am

Hey, it might have been an upvote if you’d said processed sucrose instead of salt!

fretslider
Reply to  Richard Page
September 7, 2021 6:34 am

I could’ve had religion, too

Joao Martins
Reply to  Richard Page
September 7, 2021 7:27 am

Perhaps “red meat” instead of alt and sugar?…

Joao Martins
Reply to  Joao Martins
September 7, 2021 7:57 am

“Salt”, of course; not “alt”.

Richard Page
Reply to  Joao Martins
September 7, 2021 8:12 am

Red meat is good for you, in moderation. Sugar is, at best, psychologically addictive and, like most recreational drugs, harmful even in moderation. If you won’t do marijuana, cocaine or heroin then stop using sugar – simple as.

Chaswarnertoo
Reply to  Richard Page
September 7, 2021 10:57 am

Sucrose is worthless calories and rots your teeth.

Richard Page
Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
September 7, 2021 12:20 pm

It also changes your blood chemistry, has a domino effect on other chemicals and hormones in your body, in addition to the endorphin high and withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking it. They may be minor compared to some drugs, but they still have an effect – young kids in particular show pronounced highs and withdrawal with sugar.

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  Joao Martins
September 7, 2021 3:04 pm

Nothing wrong with red meat, or white meat or pinkish meat for that matter. A diet high is quality protein is desirable.

Joao Martins
Reply to  Pamela Matlack-Klein
September 8, 2021 3:55 am

As I see from the exchange of views in here, it is difficult to detect the irony of my comment… my fault, I apologize.

Joao Martins
Reply to  Peta of Newark
September 7, 2021 7:25 am

Peta, if I may:

The panacea should read:

Stop eating. Period.

fretslider
September 7, 2021 4:25 am

The risks to health of increases above 1.5°C are now well established.

They most definitely are not – outside the crania of the authors. In fact, nobody knows. These jokers like to pretend they do.

Scissor
Reply to  fretslider
September 7, 2021 4:40 am

“The Science” speaks in tongues. Mostly idiot tongues at that.

Real science is study. It’s systematic and seeks to improve knowledge. It’s not, “the answer” for if there were “the answer,” science would not be necessary.

fretslider
Reply to  Scissor
September 7, 2021 4:45 am

Yes, we put griff straight on the improper use of the definite article, yesterday.

Chaswarnertoo
Reply to  fretslider
September 7, 2021 9:36 am

No we didn’t. He never learns anything.

LdB
Reply to  fretslider
September 7, 2021 6:59 am

Statements like that really show the author is on the spectrum and could qualify for the special olympics.

Let me correct the the statement for the author … The risks to health of living in an energy poor 3rd world nation are well established. The UN and EU with it’s new policies is ensuring that remains the case.

Last edited 15 days ago by LdB
September 7, 2021 4:46 am

Bafflegab alarmism.
The kind of bafflegab included in AR 6’s “Summary for Policy Makers”; all politics, assumptions based upon feelings and zero facts.

Richard Page
Reply to  ATheoK
September 7, 2021 8:14 am

Now, I have a question about the language used. Are you sure it’s bafflegab and not gobbledygook?

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Richard Page
September 7, 2021 2:02 pm

I definitely think it’s balderdash

commieBob
September 7, 2021 4:47 am

Schizophrenia is a mental illness in which a person can’t tell what’s real from what’s imagined.

It is uncontroversial that, in the last two centuries, human lifespan had approximately doubled, everywhere on the globe. link Any purportedly educated person who isn’t aware of that fact is not even literate, or they are so removed from reality as to mimic schizophrenia. I think a strong case can be made for the latter.

It should also be uncontroversial that one of the necessary factors that have contributed to human health and longevity is fossil fuel. What are the other factors? 1 – The improvement in technology. 2 – Capitalism 3 – Democracy

Lacking any of the above necessary conditions, life would go back to being nasty, brutish, and short. That, apparently, is what the woke SJW Marxists want for us.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  commieBob
September 7, 2021 2:08 pm

What are the other factors?
1 – The improvement in technology.
2 – Capitalism
3 – Democracy

What’s interesting us that (3) gave us (2), (2) and fossil fuels gave us (1).

We really couldn’t have achieved the strides we have in technology without fossil fuels. From the first powered flight to the moon in one person’s lifetime. Try doing that without fossil fuels!

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garboard
September 7, 2021 4:53 am

US healthcare industry bankrupts individuals and redistributes wealth to the 1% .

Derg
Reply to  garboard
September 7, 2021 12:44 pm

Is this like the pharmaceutical industry?

September 7, 2021 5:23 am

I have a mild pain in my left elbow….seems to be getting slightly worse….griffter suggests global warming as the cause….I’m not too sure about that….griffter is not a medical doctor.

Chaswarnertoo
Reply to  Anti-griff
September 7, 2021 10:51 am

He’s not any sort of Dr, unlike me.

John Shotsky
September 7, 2021 5:25 am

People live in every climate on earth, even Death Valley California. Which ones are going to die of heat related illnesses if the climate warms a degree or two? Doesn’t ANYONE understand seasons? Isn’t summer warmer than Winter? Isn’t summer (half) global warming to the tune of at least 10’s of degrees? And the other three seasons are cooler than summer. WTF? Does anyone even THINK about reality?

Chaswarnertoo
Reply to  John Shotsky
September 7, 2021 10:52 am

Reality does not reflect their models…

Redge
September 7, 2021 5:41 am

The fact the editors of over 200 medical journals worldwide take a concerted political stand on climate just shows real science is already on a life support machine and losing the battle to survive.

MarkW
September 7, 2021 5:42 am

The only thing that satisfies a socialist is more free stuff.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  MarkW
September 7, 2021 2:10 pm

And more control over plebs

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Sara
September 7, 2021 5:42 am

Health is already being harmed by global temperature increases and the destruction of the natural world, a state of affairs health professionals have been bringing attention to for decades. – article. Ummm, please define exactly HOW health is being harmed????

Have these people been to Iceland lately? I’ve been watching the volcano stuff since it started as a fissure and then grew and grew like Topsy and is very busy ejecting lava from the mid-Atlanitc ridge. Hekla’s busy, too. And the people who are visiting the volcano are all bundled up against the cold, so it must be cold up there, eh?

I will question this manufactured paranoia that the Greenbeaners have come up with right up to the last minute. The Old Famers Almanac and the Farmers Almanac are really more accurate than that article.

Someone please be kind enough to let me know when these fake prognosticators admit they are only after your tax money. I’d appreciate it. I really, really want to find out they’ve been snowed in some place and didn’t prepare for it ahead of time, so they’re sending out frantic pleas for rescue. Thanks!!!

Oh, the article itself? If you try to read it for content, it is gobbledygook, a collection of catch phrases, button-pushing or trigger words, with no real content like FACTS to back up those specious claims, and put together in a repetitive manner to fuzzy-up the reader’s brain into donating cash. Just my view of it. Begging letters and begging articles are all aimed at the same thing – Get Some Cash!!

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Walter Sobchak
September 7, 2021 6:06 am

Humans may be tropical apes, but Englishmen cannot survive if the amibient temperature is more than 296K or less than 288K.

The upper limit is due to the dearth of cold pilsner and iced coca-cola on the island, and the lower limit is due to the inability to install central heating in residential units.

The British Medical joural reflects the intellectual limitations of Englishmen.

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Chaswarnertoo
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
September 7, 2021 10:51 am

Darwin, Newton, Hooke, Boyle, Berners Lee. You were saying?

Richard Page
Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
September 7, 2021 12:37 pm

Alan Turing, Isembard Kingdom Brunel, George Stephenson, Alexander Graham Bell. You want to keep going, there are lots to choose from.

philincalifornia
Reply to  Richard Page
September 7, 2021 11:46 pm

George Orwell

I win

Richard Page
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
September 7, 2021 12:25 pm

I think the British medical journal reflects current intellectual thinking worldwide, not just Britain. Now cold pilsner and iced Coca-Cola? Is that really what you think English people drink? Weird.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Richard Page
September 7, 2021 2:15 pm

Now cold pilsner and iced Coca-Cola? Is that really what you think English people drink? Weird.

Perhaps we are, but I’d rather be weird than thirsty. Pilsner Urquell (the original pilsner) is one of the very best commercial lagers sold.

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Richard Page
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
September 8, 2021 2:55 pm

I live in Lincolnshire and I’ve never been able to drink gassy lagers – I’d have a Guinness instead. Although a few years ago I came across the most refreshing drink for a hot Summer day – draught Kvass, wonderful stuff.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
September 7, 2021 2:13 pm

Englishmen cannot survive if the amibient temperature is more than 296K

Hah! I thumb my nose at your 296K. This Englishman, and his dog who is quite mad, are going for a walk in the midday sun…

September 7, 2021 6:36 am

The most absurd claim in this bucket of multiple absurdities is the suggestion slightly warmer temperatures are causing physiological problems.”

Eric, many CV symptoms are common to other influences, such as heat and sun exposure.
Higher land temperatures in the last few years were due to cloudlessness.
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Reply to  Bob Weber
September 7, 2021 6:41 am

Health is threatened via excessive sunshine & heat. Tying land temperature to UV Index:
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Reply to  Bob Weber
September 7, 2021 8:07 am

I forgot to add this plot indicating the scatter of CV vs UVI:

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What we are seeing in the big picture is a complete failure of the scientific establishment to diagnose the real influences on both climate and weather extremes and their effect on biological health, not just humans. This judgement applies to the AGU, the NAS, and the NAM, who all are now telling the world fossil fuel usage is driving these extremes.

I predicted the conditions for the recent period, which have come true, in 2018 in my AGU poster,Extreme Weather Events and Climate Extremes are Limited by the Duration of Solar Cycle Irradiance Extremes“. This next plot shows the solar cycle influence from SC24, and the principle applies to this new SC25, where until the sun again reaches my decadal ocean warming threshold, we’ll see cold winters, and hot dry conditions in the SW US:

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Such conditions result from lower tropical temperatures via low solar activity:

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After working with UV Index data, I can now confirm the principle of hot dry summers via relative cloudlessness during the solar minimum can be extended to the entire tropical & sub-tropical zones.

So yes, human health has been harmed by climate change, but it’s not from GHGs, it’s actually from fewer clouds from less solar energy over time.

I saw this coming and put my money where my mouth is by warning the science community three years ago at AGU 2018. Last year I did the same with CV19. Not one inquiry.

As far as I am concerned the whole world is getting ripped apart by the ignorance of the American National Academies of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine and many journals and other science groups.

The greatest threat to global public health is the continued failure of world leaders to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5°C and to restore nature. Urgent, society-wide changes must be made and will lead to a fairer and healthier world. We, as editors of health journals, call for governments and other leaders to act, marking 2021 as the year that the world finally changes course.”

No, the greatest threat to the public is the ignorance of the science community, who as a group believe the fairy tale of ‘human-induced warming’.

Human health has been affected by SOLAR climate change.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Bob Weber
September 7, 2021 8:28 am

Bob, you are babbling with graphs. What is your message?

Reply to  Dave Fair
September 7, 2021 8:46 am

I explained myself quite clearly.

Human health has been affected by the solar slowdown due to it causing the tropics to cool which produced fewer clouds, driving land temperatures higher from higher ground insolation as measured by UV Index, high enough to exceed the biological thresholds for human safety, killing people, whereas the science community claims the heat is from human-induced warming and the deaths resulting from the higher UV and heat are from a virus instead.

Is that clear enough for you?

Dave Fair
Reply to  Bob Weber
September 7, 2021 9:43 am

Just so I can be clear on your position, are you saying that government statistics on ChiCom virus deaths should more accurately be attributed to an increase in UV (and resultant terrestrial heat)?

Reply to  Dave Fair
September 7, 2021 12:40 pm

Dave, yes, for the summer months, and from cold waves in the winter months, a bimodal seasonality, occurring endemically, as a physical reaction to the environment.

‘CV19 illnesses/deaths’ peaked for the 2020/21 NH winter in January, similar to historical precedents for a bad cold, flu and pneumonia season, when NH insolation was at its lowest.

The problem here is the ‘sciences’ have managed to lump all health issues into one cause, like they do with climate and CO2.

richard
September 7, 2021 6:52 am

I’d say!! The world obesity federation say obesity is now a problem in every country , effecting a third of the world and increasing. Climate change moves in mysterious ways.

gringojay
Reply to  richard
September 7, 2021 9:14 am

Original Post (O.P.) does not, as I read it, account for the rate of obese individuals who died in their heat classified context. My immediate train of thought is that the small temperature elevation O.P. is concerned with will disproportionately be of physiologically relevance to obese people; and that too as regards their individual age ranges with even additional impact if co-morbidities. [Somewhat like in the current CoVid virus strain hospitalization report recently how the statistically significant majority number are obese & overweight.]

richard
September 7, 2021 6:59 am

 “In the past 20 years, heat related mortality among people aged over 65 has increased by more than 50%.” and the world’s population has increased by a billion +

Bill E
Reply to  richard
September 7, 2021 10:23 am

The fraction of the population which is aged over 65 also increased by about 50% over the last 20 years. https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.POP.65UP.TO.ZS

Chaswarnertoo
Reply to  richard
September 7, 2021 10:53 am

Yep. They never adjust for mileage.

whiten
September 7, 2021 7:53 am

It seems to me that lately,
the climateriat line is focusing on bringing up the claim that “climate change” impacts negatively the human mental health.

A bit late to date, but still good enough to cause extra hysteria and panic if unchecked.

Maybe, and hopefully, this is just me imagining this.

cheers

Barnes Moore
September 7, 2021 8:07 am

Not sure if anyone here would be interested, but Alex Epstein is looking for researchers. From an email:

Breaking: 220+ medical journals have published an absolutely horrific statement calling for the rapid elimination of fossil fuel use in the name of “health.” I just published my comment, beginning with:

Today is a dark day for the medical profession. The editors of 220 medical journals, with 0 expertise in energy and climate, have called for the rapid elimination of fossil fuel use–a course of action that would rapidly increase the biggest cause of health problems: poverty.

In this issue:
·        Seeking resourceful researchers
·        Quick updates

Seeking resourceful researchers

One of the keys to my success is my amazingly knowledgeable and resourceful head researcher, Steffen Henne.

However, even Steffen has limits and we’re finding ourselves in a position where research bandwidth is limiting our ability to create content for the public and for elected officials.

So I’m looking for one or more new highly resourceful energy/environment researchers.

If this interests you or anyone you know, the “application” process is to do a significant portion of one of the following two difficult research assignments. Both of these are projects I’m actually working on, so it’s a perfect test.

“Energy Liars” research

The goal of the “Energy Liars” project is to expose the dishonesty and destructiveness of companies that claim to be “100% renewable.”

There are, unfortunately now hundreds of such companies, with some of the most prominent being Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft.

These companies are major contributors to the fact that our government is pushing for absolutely disastrous, “100% renewable” or “80% clean” policies such as the “Clean Energy Standard.”

I plan on doing dozens of exposés of “energy liars” if we can get enough research help.

The specific research assignment is, for any prominent company that qualifies as an “energy liar”:
·        Document at least 3 public claims to be “100% renewable” or some similar dishonest designation.
·        Document at least 4 major ways in which the company is clearly not “100% renewable.” This can include: the use of fossil fuel power plants, the use of fossil fueled transportation, the use of fossil fueled processing facilities, the use of fossil fueled mining equipment, etc. “Documentation” will, to the extent possible, include official documents, specific numbers, and pictures (such as a tech company’s natural gas generator, grid connection, or fossil fueled supplier).
·        Documentation of company’s leadership and/or Board engaging in activities that use large amounts of fossil fuel.



“Blackout bank” research

The goal of the “Blackout Bank” project is to expose the immorality and destructiveness of financial institutions that are refusing to lend to or otherwise support (e.g., not offer insurance to) fossil fuel projects.

Such “Blackout Banks” are an enormous threat to low-cost, reliable energy in America and around the world—and they should be exposed as such.

The specific research assignment is, for any prominent financial institution that has publicly committed to divesting from fossil fuel projects in the US and/or abroad:
·        Document one of more specific public commitments by the company to divest from fossil fuel projects.
·        Document the destructiveness of the policy to one or more specific vital projects. E.g., documenting how BlackRock is pressuring other firms to withdraw from coal plants in Asia hurts a specific community.
·        Document the “blackout bank’s” leadership and/or Board engaging in activities that use large amounts of fossil fuels.

Note: “Resourcefulness” does not include doing anything illegal.

Note: Research should be presented in a form that is as useful and actionable as possible. The closer to a publishable product you deliver, the better.

—————

To apply to become a part-time or full-time researcher, email your research assignment to me (alex@alexepstein.com) and Steffen (steffen@industrialprogress.net) with the subject “Resourceful Researcher.” Include whether you are interested in part-time or full-time work, and payment/salary expectations.

If anyone not looking for work is interested in sending research for these projects, that’s welcome, as well.

Finally, if any professors would like to give one of these assignments to their students, let me know. If you do this I will be happy to do a free Zoom/discussion Q&A with your students.

Carlo, Monte
September 7, 2021 8:26 am

SARS-2 Mu is the latest threat to the entire world, replacing Delta.

My question:

What happened to the Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, Theta, Iota, Kappa, Lambda threats?

Or does the CDC/NIH/ETC not know anything about the Greek alphabet?

Neo
September 7, 2021 8:37 am

My life could be more stress free if all the revenue from carbon offsets were sent to a Swiss bank account in my name.

Olen
September 7, 2021 8:55 am

Looking for a grain of salt to make the poison go down a little better.
Collective and China says a lot. If they are so concerned about health the virus might be a place to start in China.

garboard
September 7, 2021 9:19 am

in developed countries people over 65 prefer to move to warm climates to retire . developing countries need more cheap energy

Retired_Engineer_Jim
September 7, 2021 9:54 am

An increase of overnight low temperature, and daytime high temperature, of 2C in Antarctica and the Arctic is a health risk?

n.n
September 7, 2021 10:19 am

Genderphobia, anthropophobia, transhumane orientations and wicked solutions, and sociopolitical consensus that adheres to a religion that conflates logical domains for social progress and justice per chance redistributive and retributive change is a first-order forcing of catastrophic anthropogenic cognitive dissonance.

whiten
Reply to  n.n
September 7, 2021 10:41 am

n.n,

what your thoughts are in consideration of climate impacts on human mental health?

Any elaboration there, from you!
🤔

cheers

PCman999
September 7, 2021 10:39 am

While changing climate doesn’t really have any noticeable effects, Climate Change™ alarmism and propaganda definitely causes stress, anxiety, hysteria, loss of bladder function, and generally lowers IQ levels.

whiten
Reply to  PCman999
September 7, 2021 11:03 am

You ignoring the stark increase of CO2 concentration there.

That is very real and starkly.

A clear indication of some you not seeing and realizing.

Too bad.

cheers

whiten
Reply to  whiten
September 7, 2021 11:32 am

It is amazing.

The most invested guy, in this one particular point,
leif,

is declining to show up.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  whiten
September 7, 2021 2:21 pm

You ignoring the stark increase of CO2 concentration there.

That is very real and starkly.

A clear indication of some you not seeing and realizing.

Too bad.

cheers

Quiet, people. I think it’s trying to communicate…

whiten
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
September 7, 2021 2:58 pm

thank you Zig Zag, for your kind reply,

but I still got to ask;

is your reply addressed to me, or the other readers here?

sorry but got to ask.

Bruce Cobb
September 7, 2021 11:30 am

The Climate Cluckers, Cacklers, and Caterwaukers are busy gearing up for their humungous CackleFest in Glasgow from Oct. 31 – Nov. 12. The din will only get louder as each try to outdo one another. After all, this is “Code Red” now. Perhaps this will be their Last Hurrah, even. One can only hope. Meanwhile, I suggest high performance ear plugs.

MarkW
September 7, 2021 12:14 pm

Rutgers has a new policy that bans unvaccinated students from taking virtual classes.

https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/rutgers-bars-unvaccinated-student-from-attending-virtual-classes

Reply to  MarkW
September 7, 2021 1:40 pm

Well Mark that’s a terrible thing to put students and parents through. The parents should class-action sue the school for discrimination over lack of solid evidence for the policy – sue for triple damages.

This unnecessary cult-like oppression of innocent people is the beginning of future atrocities.

“Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” -Voltaire

Today’s absurdities include the belief the vaccines are safe and effective, when many thousands have died from it within days of taking it, some within hours – which the mainstream media don’t report. Also the dubious idea that they are protecting people at all.

100 fully-vaccinated Royal Navy sailors were said to have contracted the virus during a brief stop in Nicosia, Cyprus in late June this summer. Those healthy northern sailors with their vaccines weren’t ready for the intense sunlight in the extreme UV Index range, and likely had sun-sickness:
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Alternative media is replete with such examples among the healthy vaccinated, of people supposedly getting the virus in places that were under prevalent high UVI and/or heat index conditions, with the authorities then blaming the unvaccinated. See the pattern?

From a book by Gregory H. Stanton about the 10 stages of genocide:

1) Classification of problem people
2) Target group clarified, symbolized
3) Discrimination to deny rights
4) Dehumanization via constant propaganda of target group, systemically
5) Organization in place for decades
6) Polarization between masses and targeted group
7) Group separation via reverse psychology
8) Persecution of isolated group, re-education
9) Extermination, victims dehumanized and disposed of
10) Denial of mass discrimination and murders

I don’t see where the claims made by the discriminators would hold up in court, as the entire chain of evidence is missing. What has happened is accusations by politicians, media personalities and megalomaniacs have replaced evidence and facts.

Doonman
September 7, 2021 1:13 pm

Since wealthy nations “need to do more”, the question that must be asked is: “How did the wealthy nations become wealthy in the first place?”

aussiecol
September 7, 2021 2:26 pm

What absolute garbage. Civilisation as it stands now has a higher life expectancy than ever before in history.

Tombstone Gabby
September 7, 2021 5:56 pm

Wealthy nations must do much more, much faster…”

Well that lets the US of A out. By the time we get to the mid-term elections (November 2022) the National Debt will be at least doubled – in other words – really dead-broke.

A trillion here, another trillion there – pretty soon it adds up to – Monopoly money.

James Sherman
September 7, 2021 6:37 pm

Change is the only constant in the universe. Everything goes thru cycles, no matter how small or large. It is the way of nature. Act/react/pause/repeat. Too much co2, more plants grow, reduces co2, less plants grow ad infinitum. Catch Willy Soon. He is a genius. Avoid al gore, as he is a profiteering idiot. The editors of this article, that I did not bother to read could learn a lot from Soon. But they won’t.

Lasse
September 7, 2021 11:57 pm

Air quality is the most important facto for our health.
Indoor air quality is the worst problem.
No we can see how the air quality is improving especially indoors.
Thanks to electrification and fossil fules:
https://ourworldindata.org/air-pollution
Impressing result of fossil use!

Damon
September 8, 2021 12:50 am

Since when have over 65s suffered from ‘pregnancy complications’.

September 8, 2021 4:01 am

They must be talking about the drying of the Savannah and flat feet.

spock
September 8, 2021 4:15 am

Well my hemorrhoids have gotten worse due to climate change.
I demand rich nations force their taxpayers to spend more to help my case of hemorrhoids.

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