110,000 Deaths A Year in South Asia Due to Rising Temperatures, Claims WHO


By Paul Homewood

h/t Joe Public

The first thing to point out is that Dr Neira is Director of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health at the WHO.

The second thing to note is that she is telling a pack of lies.

The article in the Economist she is referring to actually says:

Between 2000 and 2019, South Asia saw over 110,000 heat-related excess deaths a year, according to a study in Lancet Planetary Health, a journal.


The Economist also want readers to think that hot weather is killing more, as the article is headlined “India’s deadly heatwaves are getting even hotter”.

But let’s now check out the Lancet study which both Neira and the Economist refer to:



So we learn that in South Asia there have been 111K excess, heat-related deaths, but there have also been 913K cold-related ones!

And the same pattern emerges when looking at excess death ratios:

As is usually the case with these scams, the Economist floats out a figure of 110,000 deaths due to heat, but does not give a comparison with earlier decades.

In reality the study shows that excess deaths have increased in South Asia, in stark contrast to the rest of Asia. But the cause has been an increase in cold-related deaths. Changes in heat-related deaths have been minimal.

Figure 4: Regional change in annual excess death ratio between 2000 and 2019 compared with the 2000–03 average

Now why should that be?

Well, it turns out that temperatures in South Asia have actually be trending down since 2000:

And as the study points out, cooling has paralleled the increase in cold-related deaths there.

By contrast in the rest of the world, a moderate increase in heat-related deaths was more than offset by a large decrease in cold-related ones:

There is not a single reference to any of this in the Economist. It is hard to think of a more misleading article than this one.

As for Dr Neira, she has got things totally upside down; excess deaths have been rising because of falling temperatures.

WUWT HT/infury8r

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Ron Long
April 11, 2023 2:29 am

Good posting of a Reality Check. Once again we are forced to attempt to choose, for the conduct of a government (appointed?) official, between stupid, incompetent, delusional, or just dishonest. Maybe the choice of “crazy” should be added to the option list?

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Ron Long
April 11, 2023 3:37 am

And never forget the “All of the above” option.

PA Dutchman
Reply to  Ron Long
April 11, 2023 6:53 am

I would add another greed. I am a little too cynical of any political organization and always look for a money trail. The Chinese control the WHO and so it should be ignored and not supported.

April 11, 2023 2:40 am

“is….. at the WHO”

And there are few organisations with a head like [Chinese placeman] Tedros – a man who covered up cholera epidemics in his home nation, no less.

“The second thing to note is that she is telling a pack of lies.”

All part of weaving the narrative…

This requires a lot of political work, we need to influence sectors like energy, this goes far beyond the health sector. We need to talk to each other and influence the way we consume and the way our cities are built.

‘This is at the heart of all our development as a society. The role of the health sector is a huge responsibility, we need to influence a lot because this will reduce the mortality rate enormously and wellbeing of the people.


The last sentence must be a blip? “…reduce the mortality rate enormously and wellbeing of the people.”

Life expectancy has begun to decline while the aim of reducing ‘wellbeing of the people‘ is indeed well under way.

April 11, 2023 2:53 am

She’s not a doctor, she’s just another propagandist happy to spread lies for the doom cult.

Rod Evans
April 11, 2023 2:59 am

The only publication that could outdo the Economist in abject Woke misleading stories, is the Guardian.
A tragedy of journalistic Woke compliance that will beggar us all in the end.
Thanks for taking the time and effort to point up this latest effort by the Left. An effort to present lies using partial truth, to mask their intentions.

Reply to  Rod Evans
April 11, 2023 3:20 am

“The only publication that could outdo the Economist in abject Woke misleading stories, is the Guardian.”

Not so, anymore. Even Guardian hacktivists are on borrowed time it would seem.

“ChatGPT is making up fake Guardian articles. Here’s how we’re responding

we’ve created a working group and small engineering team to focus on learning about the technology, considering the public policy and IP questions around it, listening to academics and practitioners, talking to other organisations, consulting and training our staff, and exploring safely and responsibly how the technology performs when applied to journalistic use.

In doing this we have found that, along with asking how we can use generative AI, we are reflecting more and more on what journalism is for, and what makes it valuable. “

They haven’t a clue about so-called AI any more than they do about anything else

But better still

“The mayor of Hepburn Shire Council in Australia, Brian Hood, has threatened to sue OpenAI over ChatGPT. The AI accused Hood of being guilty of bribery and corruption in relation to a case where he was actually a whistleblower.”

Ho hum.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  strativarius
April 11, 2023 6:42 am

“The mayor of Hepburn Shire Council in Australia, Brian Hood, has threatened to sue OpenAI over ChatGPT. The AI accused Hood of being guilty of bribery and corruption in relation to a case where he was actually a whistleblower.”

It looks like ChatGPT needs a little more work.

April 11, 2023 3:58 am

Cold kills more than heat.


April 11, 2023 4:13 am

And these falsehoods will be widely reported in all MSM outlets, right?

No, didn’t think so.

Reply to  Oldseadog
April 11, 2023 4:51 am

You know the drill

Paper forthcoming subject to peer review etc gets splashed across the MSM

Horror X will be much worse than we thought etc.

The message resounds around the world. Then, later, the paper fails review or is not published for some other reason. The MSM will not put out a correction. No, the message has been sent and that was all that was required.

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Tom Abbott
Reply to  strativarius
April 11, 2023 6:45 am

“You know the drill”

Yeah, that’s the drill. Wolf ! Wolf ! Once or twice a week.

April 11, 2023 4:42 am

“A three-stage modelling study…”. Enough said.

Joao Martins
April 11, 2023 5:08 am

Paul, it is a pity that you only discuss the physics of the thing. Because the main cause of those deaths in India — as I suppose; probably there are hard facts to support this opinion — are the outcomee of extreme economic and social misery, and thus NOT resulting from the physical causes thay you refer.

Reply to  Joao Martins
April 11, 2023 6:12 am

Half of India goes to the toilet in the fields.

Women get attacked….

April 11, 2023 6:27 am

There are around 100,000 fentanyl dead’s in America alone per year. Those are truly preventable.

They should focus on something else.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  mkelly
April 11, 2023 6:57 am

The Trafficer-in-Chief, Joe Biden, thinks it is a good idea to throw the U.S. southern border wide open.

I hear the Marburg Virus is cropping up in several African nations. I wonder if anyone from those nations is planning on walking across the U.S. southern border? And, of course, that wouldn’t be the only disease making its way into the U.S. via that route. Joe doesn’t do medical checks on everyone crossing the border.

That’s another example of Joe being derelict in his duties to protect U.S. citizens. Joe should be democratically removed from office for his dereliction of duty, which is getting tens of thousands of innocent people killed with prospects for even more deaths on his hands due to his failure to do his job..

Chew on this:


April 11, 2023 8:19 am

The temperature of many dead bodies clearly showed a link between ambient temperature and death, with obvious Climate change attribution. You can’t argue with scientificky.

Reply to  DMacKenzie
April 12, 2023 1:02 pm


Temperatures in South East Asia (portions of India and Pakistan) reached 30 Deg C. last year, will probably be higher this year),

April 11, 2023 10:01 am

clean water availability and food toxicity are the immediate causal effects of increases in death rate following increases of population – compared to those two items everything else isn’t even significant enough to be considered noise

more than 90% of India’s water supply is no longer even close to high filtration purity let alone spring/mountain stream or RO cleanliness and the food stress and abject criminal levels of pesticide, herbicide, fertilizer and crop control products blow the long term toxicity of the staple foods almost off the chart

Last edited 1 month ago by prjndigo
April 11, 2023 10:32 am

The US EPA explains heat-related deaths as being “as a direct result of exposure to heat (underlying cause of death)”, in a website called “Climate Change Indicators: Heat-Related Deaths”. Ergo heat-related deaths are a sign of climate change. But since there are relatively few heat-related deaths (in reality and as opposed to cold-related deaths), the argument is fallacious. Moreover, using doctor’s death certificates rather than autopsies isn’t proof of anything. A certain percentage of heat-related deaths must have occurred in industrial accidents or other unusual circumstances. They can’t all be attributed to extreme weather events. For instance, if a restaurant employee dies by freezing to death in a walk-in freezer is this an example of cold-related death, employer negligence, or perhaps criminal activity? How would this be determined by the death certificate?

It also goes on to explain that certain demographics are more likely to have medical conditions that make them more susceptible to heat-related death, primarily the same minorities that are generally a source of concern today.

April 11, 2023 2:05 pm

What this faux doctor has done is criminal, she should be fired immediately and barred from ever holding a position for any government or government agency or any organization that works with governments or their agencies. We need to weed these monsters out now.

Reply to  Bob
April 12, 2023 4:46 am

She works for the WHO. Spouting this kind of claptrap is now part of the job.

April 11, 2023 9:28 pm

Propaganda is a wonderful thing for those who want control.

Thomas Finegan
April 12, 2023 6:48 am

The lie runs across the world while at WUWT the truth is putting its boots on.
So frustrating

Ulric Lyons
April 12, 2023 12:22 pm

India, with twice the population of Europe and hotter weather, had fewer total heatwave deaths through the years 1991-2020 than Europe did in 2003 in one summer.

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