Climate Staticistian Bjorn Lomborg calls Gina McCarthy's claims "silly": "Heart disease kills 33% and cancer 26% of all Americans. Heat kills 0.3% and declining. Cold 6.4% and increasing. Heat deaths have declined precipitously in the US since 1960s, much of it because of widespread availability of air conditioning.
Across world, heat deaths typically (& surprisingly) small compared to cold deaths. Here [is] India: Each year, 584,300 die from moderate cold. 47,800 die from extreme cold. Yet, almost all stories on India's extreme weather is extreme heat (25,100/yr). Moreover, most heat deaths are rather easy to tackle (which is why they are declining), bc only affect people for a few days. Cold deaths much worse, because they require months of good heating (why they increase).
What about extreme weather deaths? "These are almost nil, because societies know how to reduce deaths dramatically. Air pollution is a big deal, but almost orthogonal to climate — cutting air pollution is much cheaper (scrubbers) than cutting CO₂ (replace with renewables)."
Neelu Tummala, M.D., is an ENT doctor with George Washington Medical Faculty Associates and a climate advocate with a special interest in the intersection of climate and health: "In my own practice, I explain to patients how the climate crisis affects their health. For example, apart from contributing to global warming, rising carbon dioxide levels increase the amount of pollen that plants produce as a consequence of higher rates of photosynthesis. This rise in pollen levels can lead to worsening allergy symptoms."
"Climate action is required of our elected leaders, and we must mandate it of ourselves. It can be as simple as educating family and friends, while making sustainable shopping and traveling choices. Climate action is required of our elected leaders, and we must mandate it of ourselves. It can be as simple as educating family and friends, while making sustainable shopping and traveling choices."