Magazine article The Spectator

Globophobia

Magazine article The Spectator

Globophobia

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Every year, according to a new report by the World Health Organisation, 150,000 people succumb to the effects of global warming, which, it asserts, is responsible for 2.4 per cent of cases of diarrhoea and 6 per cent of cases of malaria. And if we in the first world think we can feel smug, it adds, 25,842 Europeans died in last summer's heatwave, while Britain sees a 12 per cent increase in salmonella cases for every one degree rise in temperature.

But what about all the elderly and infirm people who would have died had this winter been as cold as those frequently experienced in Europe during the 19th century? Strangely, these non-deaths do not appear to feature in the World Health Organisation's one-sided ledger on the effects of global warming. Neither does the report dwell on the contribution towards health made by economic growth, nor on the unnecessary deaths which will occur should that economic growth be compromised by attempts to decrease the emission of greenhouse gases. If the human body was as feeble in adjusting to temperature change as the World Health Organisation implies, Europeans would never have been able to colonise a subtropical country like Australia. …

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