WHO makes absurd claims on climate change death toll -- Report

Wildly exaggerated claims by the World Health Organisation about hundreds of thousands of deaths from climate change have been debunked by a watchdog group as "absurd"

by the commentator on 1 December 2014 10:03

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A recent report on climate change by the World Health Organisation (WHO) predicting 250,000 extra deaths per year from 2030 to 2050 has been blasted by a British watchdog group for its "absurd assumptions" and "willful exaggeration".

In remarks attributed to Dr Indur Goklany, The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) said in a new briefing paper released on Monday:

"The idea that people would not, for example, react to higher sea levels by building higher sea defences or even moving away from the coast is preposterous, so for the WHO to suggest such a high death toll from climate change completely misleads the public.”

GWPF said: "the WHO’s results use climate model results that apparently overstate the warming trend three-fold compared to observations..."

Dr Goklany added:

"Because of its willful exaggerations... the WHO study risks scaring people into taking ill-considered costly actions to limit greenhouse gases rather than focusing on higher priority global health issues such as hunger, malaria and diarrhoeal diseases, which can be addressed at a fraction of the cost”.

What was once desribed as the climate change "consensus" has come under widespread criticism in recent years as dire predictions about global warming have failed to materialise.

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