Pop Quiz: Global Warming Is A Killer
Answer: A) 150,000
A study by the World Heath Organization found that, in 2001, 150,00 deaths were attributable to global warming. For instance, they estimated that climate change was to blame for 2.4 percent of cases of diarrhea because. . .the heat would exacerbate bacterial contamination of food. Furthermore, climate change was linked to roughly 2 percent of malaria incidences, as higher rainfall levels create more breeding grounds for mosquitoes. However, some scientists found the study tenuous at best, as it can be difficult to trace deaths directly to higher temperatures.
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Source: Common Dreams