29 May 2009:
Study Claims 300,000 Deaths
Attributable to Global Warming Each Year
A controversial study claims that global warming already is causing 300,000 deaths and $125 billion in economic losses annually
. The report, issued by the Global Humanitarian Forum — an organization headed by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan —attributed most of the supposed climate-related deaths to worsening floods and droughts in the developing world. The study also said that rising temperatures were causing increased mortality in poor nations from malnutrition, spreading malaria, diarrheal diseases, and heat-related ailments. Some scientists, however, are questioning the reliability of the study, saying it did not distinguish between deaths related to global warming and those related to other causes, such as overpopulation and poor health care. Still, experts who vetted the report — including Jeffrey D. Sachs, head of Columbia University’s Earth Institute — said the study is important because it draws attention to the growing threat climate change poses to people in the developing world.
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An aerial view of why Europe’s per capita carbon emissions are less than 50 percent of those in the U.S. View the photos.
An indigenous tribe’s deadly fight to save its ancestral land in the Amazon rainforest from logging. Learn more.
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Residents of the Chocó Rainforest in Ecuador are choosing to plant cacao over logging in an effort to slow deforestation.
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Tribal people and ranchers join together to stop a project that would haul coal across their Montana land. Watch the video.