Wednesday, June 10, 2009

"Climate-change diasters kill 300,000 a year"

That headline is a few weeks old but something I just read today. Incidentally, the misspelling of the "D" word was the Washington Post's, not mine. Here are the first two paragraphs of the story:

LONDON -- Climate-change disasters kill around 300,000 people a year and cause about $125 billion in economic losses, mainly from agriculture, a think-tank led by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan reported Friday.

The Global Humanitarian Forum also estimated that 325 million people are seriously affected by climate change _ a number it says will double by 2030, as more people are hit by natural disasters or suffer environmental degradation caused by climate change.

I can assert with great confidence that the story and all of the numbers are clearly bogus but yet this is the CRAP that substitutes for real news these days.

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