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World Malaria Day

Today is World Malaria Day.  While this site is dedicated to global warming issues, many have said the the increase in global warming will cause an increase in malaria deaths.  While it may be true that warmer regions will allow a greater infestation of malaria carrying insects, the conclusion that there will be more deaths is preposterous!

Malaria is one of the easiest to control diseases.  Unfortunately, it tends to occur in areas that are poverty stricken so the simple measures that can prevent outbreaks don’t get taken care.  Rather than cost the economy in the US billions of dollars in cap and trade, we could eradicate malaria at a fraction of the cost.  This is one of the reasons that I contend that fighting global warming using inefficient methods actually inadvertantly causes the deaths of thousands.

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Man-Made Global Warming: 10 Questions (PART 2 OF 2)

Human Events.com – December 20, 2007

This is the second of 2 discussions on a list of 10 questions that Mr. Pat Sajak of “Wheel of Fortune” fame published recently.  In my previous post, I discussed the first 5 of the 10 questions.  This is the continuation of this series and covers 6-10.

6. Are there potential benefits to global warming?

That really isn’t the issue to the individuals that are affected. Yes, certain people may find themselves at an advantage with warmer temperatures but if you are one of those that is disadvantaged that doesn’t give much consolation.  Once again, this is where averages really don’t matter as much as the individual or local situation.

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35 Inconvenient Truths: The errors in Al Gore’s movie – Part 4 of 5

This is the fourth of a 5 part series reviewing the comments of the Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI) in regards to “An Inconvenient Truth” (AIT).

You can read Part 1 of 5 here.
You can read Part 2 of 5 here.
You can read Part 3 of 5 here.
You can read Part 5 of 5 here.

ERROR 27 – Shame on Mr. Gore for citing this example! He is trying to link malaria with global warming. There were many malaria outbreaks in Nairobi prior to human induced global warming could be a factor. Mr. Gore’s statements here are pure sham and is probably the biggest reason that I dislike this film as a documentary.

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Pope to make climate action a moral obligation

The Independent – September 23, 2007

It seems that all politicians want to get involved in climate control on one side or the other. The Pope (whom many will say is not a politician) is not immune to this effort.

On one side of the equation, I think this is appropriate but on the other, I have some concerns. If the Pope restricts his comments to saying that humanity is obligated to care for the world then I think this is appropriate. I am not a theologian but even I can find several references in the Bible to support this argument.

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Africa: Live Earth Vs. Africa

allAffrica.com – July 11, 2007

I will admit it, I am cynical of Live Earth. Even though I write on global warming daily in this site, I feel there are far more important things that can and should be done to ease human suffering than trying to change our climate trends. The human suffering in parts of the world is pretty extreme and, while global warming will make this worse, there are other things that can be done TODAY to ease much of that suffering.

While I am still in internal debate about the cause of any climate change, I have no doubt that we can save thousands, if not millions, of lives very quickly if we would give simple things like malaria more attention.

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Counting on Failure, Energy Chairman Floats Carbon Tax

NY Times – July 6, 2007

This may just be a time when both sides are correct!

Yes – much of the US (and the world for that matter) is deluding themselves into what it will take to make enough of a change in energy use to make any difference in carbon dioxide production.

Yes – a carbon tax would be disastrous, politically, to any politician that tried to push that kind of a tax without clear evidence of it’s dire need.

Yes – a carbon tax would radically change the way everyone uses energy.

Yes – a carbon tax would dramatically hurt the poor.

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VIEW: Live earth, deaf to reality

Pakistan Daily Times – July 4, 2007

This is not a news story. Rather it is an op-ed that discusses the various trade-offs that must be made if we are to adopt radical changes for the sake of global warming control.  I have made similar comments before (read article here) and I differ from Mr. Lomborg in that I feel that if the case for global warming can be scientifically made, we should invest in solutions. If the definitive case for human induced climate change cannot be made though, it is far better to save lives in some other way.

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Don’t Believe the Hype

Wall Street Journal – July 2, 2006

This is an editorial that condemns former Vice President Al Gore’s contentions that there is a true consensus on the issue of human caused global warming.  It cites a few of the more outrageous claims of Mr. Gore which I believe he has soften since last July. The editorial is written by Richard Lindzen, a Sloan Professor at MIT who is an outspoken critic of the climate change melodrama and has been cheered and maligned from the two camps.  Reading his thoughts is important for anyone that still has an open mind on this important issue.

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Global warming is making us sick

That’s fit – February 26, 2007

This blog offers an interesting conclusion. Not sure if the facts support the case that global warming is the cause for disease and infestation propagation to new areas of the world. The global temperature has only increased .6 deg C in the past 100 years and has been pretty constant (if not slightly down) in the last 10 or so. Seems like there may be a different cause for this change.

The original article is behind a password, so I will only link to the blog and you can choose to follow this or not. The original link is in the body of the quoted blog article.

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Warming to spread disease, hunger in South Asia: WHO

Reuters – February 15, 2007

This is a very disturbing article about what happens if the global warming threat occurs. Massive disease outbreak and many deaths.

But the WHO’s environmental health adviser for South Asia, Alex
Hildebrand, said little attention had been paid to the impact rising
temperatures would have on the health of the region’s 1.4 billion
people.

“Diseases like malaria, Japanese encephalitis, tick-borne diseases
and dengue fever will definitely thrive in warmer climates,” he said.

South Asia gets around 20 million cases of malaria every year.

Greater frequency of droughts and heatwaves will not only adversely
affect crops but will also punish those who live with a scarcity of
water and push up rates of respiratory illness.

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