Cold temperatures kill 45 times more people in China than warm temperatures, according to a newly published study in the prestigious peer-reviewed medical journal Lancet. The study is consistent with mortality data from around the world and a previous Lancet study showing cold temperatures kill 20 times more people globally than warm temperatures.

The vast majority of China is closer to the Equator than the North Pole, and the country as a whole is closer to the Equator than the continental United States. Despite this, heat takes far fewer lives than cold in the most populous country on Earth. Moreover, as reported in the first Lancet study, it is persistently cool temperatures that kill far more people than sudden and extreme cold snaps.

Ongoing modest warming is reducing the global incidence of persistent cool weather and saving lives. For every media report of a person dying because of global warming, multiply that number by 20 or 45 to arrive at the number of people whose lives are likely being saved as the Earth modestly warms.

The establishment media has been almost entirely silent about the results of the new Lancet study.

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James Taylor is the President of the Heartland Institute. Taylor is also director of Heartland's Arthur B. Robinson Center for Climate and Environmental Policy. Taylor is the former managing editor (2001-2014) of Environment & Climate News, a national monthly publication devoted to sound science and free-market environmentalism.


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