Thanks, Logan Daily News, for Telling the Truth About Temperature Related Deaths

In a refreshingly honest article in the Logan Daily News, author Bud Simpson cites data from research showing deaths from non-optimal temperatures are declining amid climate change. Simpson is right and he and the Logan Daily News are to be congratulated for discussing this important truth about climate change.

In a Logan Daily News article, titled “My last global warming column?,” Simpson describes how after examining the facts over time, he went from being a firm believer that human activities were causing dangerous climate change to realizing no climate catastrophe is in the offing.

“Carbon dioxide was, and is, bandied about as if it were the biggest demon on the face of the earth,” writes Simpson. “In truth, it is one of the most valuable of gases and contributes hugely to a better life for us earthlings. … Proponents of this group even tried to get carbon dioxide labeled as a toxic gas! If that were true, we’d all be dead by now. And without any warming.”

Among the research Simpson discovered that convinced him climate change was not, in fact, threatening human survival was a study published in the prominent peer reviewed journal, The Lancet, which firmly established: “that worldwide, cold kills about 17 times more people than heat does. A group of 22 scientists studied over 74 million deaths in the U.S., China, Brazil, and ten other countries. The findings showed that cold caused 7.29 percent of the deaths while heat caused 0.42 percent.”

The study cited by Simpson is just one of many cited in a Climate Change Weekly column which consistently show the same thing: colder temperatures result in far more premature deaths than warmer temperatures, and as a result, as the earth has modestly warmed, fewer people are dying from medical conditions exacerbated to non-optimal temperatures.

Indeed, just last month, The Lancet published a new study from 15 researchers at universities, research institutes, and government agencies in China and the United States, examining premature mortality tied to non-optimal temperatures across all the provinces of China. They estimated that 593,000 premature deaths occurred in China in 2019 driven by non-optimal temperatures.  Approximately 580,000 of the premature deaths were caused by health factors impacted cold temperatures, compared to approximately 13,000 tied to warm temperatures. This means across China approximately 46 times more people died from diseases like cardiovascular diseases and chronic respiratory diseases effected by non-optimal cold temperatures than non-optimal hot temperatures.

Other important facts Simpson presents are:

The international Disaster Database Reports that the number of people killed by natural disasters has actually declined by over 80 percent since the 1920s even though the world’s population has quadrupled since then. In spite of “global warming,” the number of natural disasters, such as hurricanes, typhoons, tornadoes, floods, droughts, has actually been sharply declining over these warming years. It just appears to be the opposite because every hot day is treated as if it something terribly unusual by the various media and proponents of the disaster crowd. They report weather as if it is climate.

On each of these points, Simpson is correct, as has been discussed in Climate at a Glance articles concerning, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Floods, and Droughts.

Simpson’s conversion from climate change alarmist to climate change realist resulted from his close attention to the facts. As such, Simpson suggests what each and every Climate Realism post does: follow the data.

Don’t believe these words of mine. Instead, go to the various agencies that track all this data and read the figures for yourself. You’ll then see how a dyed-in-the-wool warmista became a doubting Thomas. Whether the small amount of warming that has actually occurred over the years is natural or anthropogenic, or both, it’s truly not enough to break the economies of the entire world in a vain attempt to correct a non-disaster.

We at Climate Realism couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Climate Realism hopes this is not Simpson’s last article discussing climate change. Climate realists can use all the allies we can get in the effort to beat back the anti-science forces of climate change alarm in the corporate media.

H. Sterling Burnett
H. Sterling Burnett
H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D., is the Director of the Arthur B. Robinson Center on Climate and Environmental Policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News. In addition to directing The Heartland Institute's Arthur B. Robinson Center on Climate and Environmental Policy, Burett puts Environment & Climate News together, is the editor of Heartland's Climate Change Weekly email, and the host of the Environment & Climate News Podcast.

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