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BBC Ignore Cold-Related Deaths in India


By Paul Homewood

h/t Joe Public

I see the BBC are up to their usual tricks again:

India saw a 55% rise in deaths due to extreme heat between 2000-2004 and 2017-2021, a recent study published in the medical journal, The Lancet, found. Exposure to heat also caused a loss of 167.2 billion potential labour hours among Indians in 2021, resulting in loss of incomes equivalent to about 5.4% of the country’s GDP.

To simply compare two 5-year periods is highly unscientific and meaningless statistically.

Nevertheless the Lancet study clearly shows that cold-related deaths vastly outnumber heat-related ones in Southern Asia:

The Lancet paper also links to a study by Gasparrini et al, which specifically covers India. The latter includes this table:

Table 2. Deaths (in thousands) attributable to hot and cold ambient temperatures in India in 2015.

So cold-related deaths outnumber heat ones by about 7 to 1. Yet nowhere in the BBC article is there are any recognition of this. Neither do they ask the question of what the Indian government is doing to protect its people from cold weather.

The final paragraphs of the BBC report are therefore doubly ironic:

But clearly, Indians are still not taking heat seriously enough.

According to reports, the place in Navi Mumbai where the government ceremony had taken place had recorded a maximum temperature of 38C (100F) on Sunday. Yet, photos of the event showed thousands sitting directly under the sun with no roof or covering to offer shelter. Only a few carried umbrellas, or wrapped towels on their heads.

“I live in Delhi where the temperature can touch 50C and I see very few people even bring out their umbrellas,” Mr Pillai says.

Without wishing to underplay the health risks of hot weather, particularly amongst the vulnerable, it is plain that most healthy Indians are not averse to a bit of sunshine!

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old cocky
April 22, 2023 11:02 pm

Only a few carried umbrellas, or wrapped towels on their heads.

I really, really hope that the BBC reporter didn’t see a few Sikh men in the crowd and confuse their turbans for towels.

Reply to  old cocky
April 23, 2023 5:01 am

The BBC is busy ensuring pester power…

“Earth Day: How to talk to your parents about climate change
You want to go vegan to help the planet, but you’re not paying for the shopping. 
Eating less meat is one of the best ways to reduce our impact on the planet, say scientists.
“Say something like, ‘I’m really scared about my future, these are the reasons I want to do something’

Er, that’s about it. I must say I am looking forward to the roast beef (cultural stereotype!) this afternoon.

If I’m going to doff my cap it’s to the people who first started the agricultural revolution.

”Say something like, ‘I’m really scared about my future”

Then go to climate anxiety therapy.

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old cocky
Reply to  strativarius
April 23, 2023 3:19 pm

Eating less meat is one of the best ways to reduce our impact on the planet, 

If they’re referring to methane, that mainly applies to beef and mutton (and rice). Poultry, pork, ham and bacon are apparently in the clear.

April 22, 2023 11:12 pm

A lie by omission is still a lie

(The second link doesn’t work for me)

Peta of Newark
Reply to  Redge
April 23, 2023 12:54 am

haha, so true.
Just wait till you meet BBC’s AI comment moderator.
You either fawn & lie or get cancelled if you don’t follow the junk-science socialist agenda

Here’s a lovely bit of lying by omission
<slaps own wrist>
Quote:Prince of Wales is reduced to acting as a scrap yard ##
Ah well, nice while it lasted but seriously, this normalises the train-wreck that is: Net Zero
They spent well north of £3Billion and couldn’t organise the proverbial in a brewery


## Camilla, wot u bin up to. Don’t tell me it was that awful Coronation Quiche (spinach pie) recipe you confected.
That would would reduce even Iron Man to scrap, Chuckles hadn’t a snowball in he11’s chance

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Reply to  Peta of Newark
April 23, 2023 2:32 am

Charles: the only man who ditched a blonde for a horse.

Reply to  strativarius
April 23, 2023 6:57 am

Billy Joel is in the running.

April 23, 2023 1:58 am

The BBC and its stars are on a mission

“”Chris Packham calls for ‘every last person who cares’ to join XR

Packham commended two Just Stop Oil protesters who were jailed on Friday after scaling the Dartford Crossing Bridge in Kent for “sacrificing” their freedom through the “enormous act of bravery”. “”

They didn’t expect a 3 year sentence but they got one.

Packham should be fired

Jim Turner
April 23, 2023 5:15 am

The BBC (deservedly) gets a lot of criticism for their one-sided coverage of ‘climate change’ here, but their main rival in the national broadcast news business, ITN, are just as bad. Last night on the evening news they included yet another ‘global warming’ story, an item on Munro Island in India. They employed the usual tactic of introducing the item with a comment about how ‘global warming’ is causing sea levels to rise, then going on to show Munro Island slowly being inundated without making any direct connection; just lots of ‘human interest’ about villagers losing their homes to flooding etc. Later they did say that Munro Island is actually reclaimed land and that vibration from the nearby train line was causing subsidence, but no mention that sea levels have been rising for thousands of years; the idea that this is primarily a ‘global warming’ story having already been placed in the viewer’s mind.

April 23, 2023 7:13 am

Speaking of bad science, the EPA in the US is getting ready to release a new regulation that will require all fossil fuel power plants, new and existing, to either dramatically cut CO2 emissions or employ carbon capture by 2040.

story tip

John Oliver
April 23, 2023 7:28 am

Most media outlets (Traditional MSM)operate on a simple model of readership, viewership, cluck bait , basically advertising revenue. So if it bleeds it leads and so forth. We know this ,but many people evidently don’t know this!

Fortunately we have alternative sources now if we can stop the move toward censorship which is just one of the most disgusting things governments and woke billionaires and their organizations do. These are the forces of tyranny.

April 23, 2023 7:44 am

Studies from The Lancet have pretty much lost all credibility, over the years. Given that the Lancet has slipped leftist political agendas into so many of its studies in the past, I immediately ignore any current studies of theirs. What part is true and what part is politics?

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Reply to  mikesigman
April 23, 2023 9:02 am

“What part is true and what part is politics?”

probably 50/50, you just don’t know which bits … so assume all is political lies & ignore !!

April 23, 2023 2:25 pm

The BBC is so close to worthless it should be disbanded and we should start over.

Joao Martins
April 24, 2023 1:51 am

BBC Ignore Cold-Related Deaths in India
I grew up and lived under a dictatorship: I know the many faces and shades of censorship. I recognize some of them in tbe BBC of today.

April 25, 2023 12:33 pm

I have no problem ignoring them as long as the media doesn’t. India has a ton of high elevation… Himalayan high. So freakish cold and deaths…. they might happen in unknown tenured cycles of cold weather.

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