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December 12, 2003

Don't need the sunshine. Apparently, the deaths of 150,000 people in 2000 was indirectly caused by global warming - which is also responsible for 2.4% of all cases of diarrhoea and 2% of cases of malaria. So says a major WHO report...

"The 1990s were the hottest decade on record and the upward trend in the world's temperature continues," the WHO said. "In Europe this past summer for example, an estimated 20,000 people died due to extremely hot temperatures."

"Rain can also have a major impact on health. When rainfall rises above normal levels, it can collect and stagnate, and the still water provides additional breeding grounds for mosquitoes and. other vectors which transmit diseases such as malaria and dengue fever."

The report was launched at 9th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Milan, Italy.
Erin Dean @ December 12, 2003 01:36 PM | TrackBack

Comments (4)
Nearly all "cases of malaria" are caused by the DDT ban.
Uncle Bill @ December 12, 2003 04:39 PM
I query the idea that nearly all cases of malaria are caused by DDT. Were DDT still around, mosquitos would probably have built up a resistance to it by now. Of course, if it were still around we would also be dying of DDT poisining because of the way it builds up in the food chain.
Jack @ December 12, 2003 06:06 PM
That's the last straw. I say we ban European summers.
Taran @ December 12, 2003 06:46 PM
And what shall we do?
Everything in our life has an impact on health... This impact isn't very good,unfortunatly.
LM @ December 12, 2003 06:57 PM

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