Philadelphia InquirerDeath by Climate Change?Huffington Post (blog)The recent headline that 100 million people will die by 2030 if climate change is not addressed doubtlessly had people around the world imagining doomsday catastrophes.
By intentionally conflating global warming deaths and all effects of carbon fuel pollution, this report distracts us from the real solutions that can reduce carbon related mortality. Ultimately, what is needed to prevent 90 percent of these so-called "global warming deaths" is not a halt or reversal of global warming. It is the adoption of air-pollution alleviating technology in middle-income, industrializing economies and better cooking technology (ventilation or electric stoves) in low-income countries. This report contributes to the very real and growing misunderstanding that climate change is the only, or the most important issue in environmental sustainability and health.